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Huang Gai from Romance of the Three Kingdoms

  • Description

    Although their names are provided in the seal located next to their faces, these two masks are designed for the audience to recognize the characters instantly. The ‘Tattooed Monk’ Lu Zhishen is depicted in his monk’s costume with a spade. The red face and white beard of Huang Gai suggest that he is a faithful old official. The figures are cut out and then dyed with bold colours, which is unusual for papercuts.

  • Details

    Shanxi Guangling Folk Papercuts
    Associated place
    AsiaChinaShanxi province Guangling (place of creation)
    Zhang Minjin (c. 1915 - 1990s)
    Associated people
    Huang Gai (AD 154 - 218) (subject)
    Material and technique
    dye on cut xuan paper
    16 x 12 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by John Gittings, 2008.
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