Types of Puppets

TYpes of Puppets
TYpes of Puppets

There are many different different types of puppets traditional puppetry.

However, nowadays the more well-known types are rod, glove, string, and shadow puppets. They have differences in structure, form, manipulation and of course in their presentation techniques.

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Glove Puppets 

Glove Puppet Type of puppets
Glove Puppet

The glove puppet, also referred to as hand puppets is a little figure having head and arms with an extended skirt as part of its costume. The middle finger and the thumb fit into the two hollow hands of the puppet. One puppeteer can manipulate two puppets at a time.

Rod Puppets 

Rod Puppets
Rod Puppets

Glove puppets are a variation of hand puppets. Rod puppets require one of the puppeteer’s hands inside the puppet glove holding a rod which controls the head, and the puppet’s body then hangs over most or all of the forearm of the puppeteer, and possibly extends further.

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Marionettes or String Puppets 


A marionette is a puppet controlled from above using wires or strings depending on regional variations. A marionette’s puppeteer is called a marionettist.

Shadow Puppets 

Chinese Shadow Theater Figures
Chinese Shadow Theater Figures

Shadow puppets are figures that are placed between a light and a screen. Moving them creates the illusion of moving images on the screen. An experienced puppeteer can make figures appear to walk, talk, fight and dance. Shadow puppetry is a popular form of entertainment in countries all over the world.


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