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Evolution, Symbolism, and Artistry: A Study on the Colors of Peking Opera Facial Makeup

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DOI: 10.23977/artpl.2023.041207 | Downloads: 57 | Views: 579


Zekai Zheng 1


1 Xinjiang Medical University, Urumqi, 830017, China

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Zekai Zheng


Facial makeup in Peking Opera is a makeup technique used during Peking Opera performances with the purpose of better shaping the characters on stage. The art of facial makeup, with its rich array of colors, varied designs, and profound cultural significance, has gained wide recognition among the public and has gradually become a symbol of Chinese culture. This paper focuses on exploring the colors of Chinese opera masks as it delves into the cultural connotations, symbolic meanings, and aesthetic significance inherent in this unique art form. Color plays a pivotal role in these masks, not only expressing the distinctive Chinese customs and cultural connotations through the use of color lines and blocks but also imbuing Peking Opera mask art with profound symbolic and aesthetic value.


Peking Opera Masks; Peking Opera; Cultural Connotation; Symbolism in Colors; Aesthetic Significance


Zekai Zheng, Evolution, Symbolism, and Artistry: A Study on the Colors of Peking Opera Facial Makeup. Art and Performance Letters (2023) Vol. 4: 36-42. DOI:


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