Friday, 1 February 2013
Chinese opera performer
There are many different forms of Chinese opera, the most famous being the Beijing opera. As this card was bought in Hong Kong although sent from Shanghai in China, I assume that it shows Cantonese opera. It shows one of the most common style, the white and red face.
The foundation is white and the red colour from around the eyes fades down the cheeks towards the chin. The make-up can denote certain characteristics. The headdress too, has significance because it can denote status and age, while the hairstyle can show the character's emotions.
I'd be delighted to be able to see a Chinese opera for the make-up and costumes alone.
This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Just click on the button to visit and join in.
On this first day of the Month of Letters, my first envelope is on its way to the Netherlands, containing a handmade postcard. There won't be too many handmade cards going out - it takes me forever!