December 22, 2014

ART: Peking Opera - Portraits on Silk

Portraits of Peking Opera Characters
Unknown Artist

Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   Qing dynasty (1644–1911) album featuring 100 opera characters painted on silk with ink & gold. This post contains my 25 personal favorites.
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   "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
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   "Peking opera (京剧) or Beijing opera is a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics. It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century."
  via: Wikipedia
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   "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)."
  via: Wikipedia
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   Do not mess with this guy; 2 swords & the most exaggerated frown, EVR!
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   You do not want to watch this guy eat a bowl of noodles.
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   Chinese opera Moses says, "You're outta here!"
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   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.
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   How's that beard? It looks delicious.
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   "The repertoire of Peking opera includes over 1,400 works, which are based on Chinese history, folklore, and, increasingly, contemporary life."
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   "Although it is called Peking opera (Beijing theatre style), its origins are in the southern Anhui and eastern Hubei."
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   There are 4 main types of roles in Peking opera;
   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.
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
   "No playing with my little pony. What don't U understand about 'my'?"
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
Note: Images have been cropped & adjusted by Yellowmenace
Peking Opera characters - http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/51581
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