Modern Chinese Opera Mask
Modern Chinese Opera Mask
Modern Chinese Opera Mask

Modern Chinese Opera Mask

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This design is inspired by the modern Chinese Opera masks.

The tradition of facial make up started from totems created centuries ago times which later became facial paintings. Basic depictions of painted faces were discovered in tomb murals during the Song dynasty. Later this evolved and as the paints improved, along with the skills of the painters and crafters and the tools they used the masks evolved to don full color themes and designs and came to depict different artistic roles, different emotions and different moods.

Frequently used facial make ups include yellow which represents cruelty, Silver and Gold which are typically used to represent gods and demons and for spirits and ghosts, blue which is vigor and valor and green which depicts justice and chivalry. These colour themes have remained the same for ages and were handed down and refined throughout the ages of Chinese art, culture and history.