Shadow Puppet Theatre from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, 8 September 2016 – 29 January 2017, British Museum

Shadow puppet of the character Abiyasa, made of painted hide and horn. Java, Indonesia, 1800–1816.

“The exhibition draws on the British Museum’s unique Southeast Asian shadow puppet collection. further demonstrates that shadow puppet theatre is a living art form that still has relevance in contemporary times. Aspects of 20th century life, such as flare trousers, plastic, electricity, and sound amplification, play a part in shadow theatre, indicating its ability to adapt to social change.”