The Thirteen Roles in Tongzhi and Guangxu Periods of the Qing Dynasty 同光十三絕
Shen Rongpu 沈容圃 Late Qing Dynasty
This painting depicts thirteen famous Kun and Peking opera actors dressed in costumes appropriate to the role types they originated. Although many genres of Chinese opera are distinguished by their use of symbolic facial makeup, the faces of these theatrical luminaries are clearly visible.
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