Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Turkish Shadow Puppets

Online exhibition from National Library of Turkey looking at the Turkish tradition of shadow puppetry, with a special focus on the play Karagöz or Hacivat. These shadow plays are thought to have originated in Southeast Asia and were brought over to Turkey with migrants from Central Asia to Anatolia. The performances play out behind a white screen with puppets or "tasvir" appearing in silhouette. Each "tasvir" is made out of camel or water buffalo hide and are animated by rods.