Friday, May 4, 2012

Pic Today 5/4/12





CHINESE OPERA MASKS:
COLOR IS EVERYTHING

Some of the decorations for the Lantern Festival
feature large silk masks -- faces of the Chinese Opera.
They're striking -- bold, beautiful, very colorful.

Characters in the Chinese opera often wear masks
that have different colors, each meant to symbolize
the characters' roles and portray
their emotional states and personalities.
Their colors hold they key:

o Green masks symbolize characters who are impulsive.

o Red masks are for characters who are brave and loyal.

o Black masks for characters considered fierce, impartial.

o Yellow masks for ambitious souls, and cool headed.

o Blue masks for characters loyal and steadfast.

o White masks are very important, and significant!

CAN YOU GUESS WHAT THE WHITE MASK SYMBOLIZES?

(What color mask fits you?)

3 comments:

  1. such vibrant colours, we used to live in Hong Kong and used to see these wonderful masks everywhere.

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  2. wonderful pieces of art. i enjoyed reading about the colors. recently i made a friend a birthday dinner and served white foods (fish, rice) on white plates, salad in white bowls and somehow it all felt very symbolic.

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  3. However, in Chinese opera, white symbolizes the villain, evil, sinister!

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