Photo, Print, Drawing Office of Great Peace Album of Opera Faces.

About this Item

Title

  • Office of Great Peace Album of Opera Faces.

Summary

  • This album of pictures shows makeup for characters in the Peking opera. It is the work of a court painter in or after the Tongzhi reign (1851--74). In the Qing dynasty, an Office of Great Peace was established to manage the court dramatic troupe. When seasonal command performances and congratulatory ceremonies were held, this office was responsible for putting on plays. The makeup of the characters in the plays generally followed a set repertoire of faces and colors. The 97 paintings in this book show makeup for nine different kinds of plays. The illustrations are skillfully done, the colors are fresh, and both the silk ground and the pigments are of the highest quality. In all likelihood, the album was an "object for the enjoyment of his or her majesty." The album is highly valued for its art and for the information it contains, and constitutes a precious historical resource for the study of clothing and makeup in the early Peking opera.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1851 to 1911]

Headings

  • -  China--Beijing--Beijing
  • -  1644 to 1911
  • -  Chinese drama
  • -  Costumes
  • -  Operas
  • -  Qing dynasty, 1644-1911
  • -  Theatrical makeup
  • -  Theatrical productions
  • -  Woodcuts

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 33.1 x 48 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of China.
  • -  Content in Chinese.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Chinese Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Prints

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021668769

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Office of Great Peace Album of Opera Faces. Beijing China, 1851. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1911] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021668769/.

APA citation style:

(1851) Office of Great Peace Album of Opera Faces. Beijing China, 1851. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1911] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021668769/.

MLA citation style:

Office of Great Peace Album of Opera Faces. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1911] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021668769/>.