Peking Opera

Red/White Warrior (Jing) Peking Opera

Peking Opera

Red/White Warrior (Jing) Peking Opera

Masks were worn by characters in Chinese Opera hundreds of years ago. However, this mask is modern and was probably made as a souvenir. Nowadays, masks are not worn in Chinese Opera but bright make-up is used instead.

Many colors are used in any given Chinese mask, but the dominant colors impart specific characteristics.

Red used on masks indicates a positive character. Red can also mean prosperity, loyalty, courage and heroism. Red shows intelligence and bravery.

Peking Opera

Red/White Warrior (Jing) Peking Opera

Colors have symbolic meaning in Chinese Opera, for example, red shows that the character is brave and loyal, while black is used for a honest person. This mask is red and black and so we think it is likely to be that of a warrior jing (painted face) because, in the opera tradition, warriors are considered to be courageous, loyal and forthright. Jing characters play a supporting male role and are usually warriors, statesman or demons.

 

Peking Opera - back

Red/White Warrior (Jing) Peking Opera- back

Some damage – crack on right side of face.

8-3/4” x 6-3/4” (22.3cm x 17.3cm) 

Item # 10034-M