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  Chinese Opera masks

 

China

A variety of Chinese Opera masks used as wall decoration, with a Chinese Knot (fig.) in the back.

 

Derived from the facial makeup used in Chinese Opera, which is known as lian pu, these masks are popular collectables.

 

  Chinese Opera masks

 

  Chinese Opera masks

 

The colours and patterns are used to portray a certain character's role and his or her disposition.

See also POSTAGE STAMPS.