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.
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.
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.
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 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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