Meng Liang, white opera mask


Collection

Dan Przybylski Collection


Identifier

PR44


Artist

unknown


Description

This is a white opera mask from China. The mask is made of papier mache and the painted design hearkens back to an ancient tradition of face-painting among warriors and, as with war paint, the colors and patterns bear symbolic meanings. The white opera mask is associated with an evil, sinister and suspicious character in the Chinese opera. This particular mask represents the Meng Liang character from the opera "Mu Ke (Stockaded village," and from the book "The Historical Novel of Yang Family Mansion."


Medium

wood

Inscription

"Meng Liang"

Width

6in

Height

10in

Length

3.5in

Where Made (Country)

China

Related place

China

How Acquired

Donation

When Acquired

Oct 10 2018

Name of Donor

Austin Friends of Folk Art