Chinese Peking Opera, Gold Warrior

Chinese Peking Opera, Gold Warrior

Red, yellow, white, black, purple, green and silver are the main colors used for facial designs to represent different characters. For instance, red stands for loyal, courageous and upright people; white for sinister and cunning officials; and golden and silvery colors for gods and ghosts and symbolize mystery.

Gold Warrior

Gold Warrior

There are four main types of character in Chinese Opera: heroes (sheng); heroines (dan); clowns (chou); and painted faces (jing). The actors in the Chinese Opera carry props and wear elaborate costumes, make-up and head-dress to take on a character’s role. They used to wear masks, but nowadays jing and chou characters have their faces painted with brightly coloured make-up. The actors are literally wearing their emotions on their faces. These painted faces provide what the Chinese call a mirror to the soul which enables the audience to identify each character.

Gold Warrior

Gold Warrior

Papier Mache

(9” x 6-1/2” –23 cm x 16-1/2 cm)

Item # 10009-M

 

Gold Warrior - rear

Gold Warrior back