Shadow puppet of a demon (Sbek Poa)

Historical period(s)
19th century
Paint on animal skin
H x W: 124.3 x 67.4 cm (48 15/16 x 26 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Joyce and Kenneth X. Robbins
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Toy and Entertainment

Shadow puppet

Cambodia, demon, puppetry
Provenance research underway.

Called Sbek Poa or Sbek Por (Sbek: leather; Poa/Por: color), Cambodian shadow puppets are rare and their original performance contexts are not well known. Shadow puppet performance traditions are much more prominent in Indonesia, where they have been used in contexts ranging from village to court settings.

This brightly colored character wields a sword.

Published References
  • Dr. Kenneth X. Robbins. Indo-Asian Shadow Figures. vol. 13, no.5 Kowloon, Hong Kong. p. 73.
Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
F|S Southeast Asia
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