Portraits of Peking Opera Characters
"This album records in detail the makeup and costume of one hundred characters drawn from nine plays. Each character is identified with an accompanying inscription, and the plays are named at the top right of nine of the leaves in slightly larger script." -The Met
"The form was extremely popular in the Qing dynasty court and has come to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China. Major performance troupes are based in Beijing and Tianjin in the north, and Shanghai in the south. The art form is also preserved in Taiwan, where it is known as Guoju (國劇)."
Do not mess with this guy; 2 swords & the most exaggerated frown, EVR!
I would like to see an opera in China, before I die. I saw Chinese opera students perform selected scenes from famous works at a festival in Busan & I have seen a Kabuki show in Osaka.
"The repertoire of Peking opera includes over 1,400 works, which are based on Chinese history, folklore, and, increasingly, contemporary life."
Sheng (生) - The main characters, protagonists or leading men
Dan (旦) - All of the female roles, usually consisting of old women, skilled martial arts women, young women, virtuous women, or unmarried vivacious women.
Jing (净) - Strong powerful painted face roles, secondary characters
Chou (丑) - Funny clownish characters for comic relief, also in painted face.
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