Chinese Mask

Chinese Mask
Many colors are used in any given Chinese mask, but the dominant colors impart specific characteristics. 

Black means that the character is neutral. It also indicates impartiality and integrity.

White face indicates that the character is evil and hypocritical. 

Red used on mask indicates a positive character, intelligence and bravery. It can also mean prosperity, loyalty, courage and heroism.

Purple is sometimes used as a substitute for red and in its own right, it represents justice and sophistication.

Green shows that the character is violent, impulsive and lacks restraint.

Blue masks are an indication of neutrality, stubbornness, astuteness and fierceness. 

Gold and silver show that the character is a god or demon. It may also indicate that the character is a ghost or spirit. These two colors also symbolize mystery.

Yellow mask indicates that the character is cruel, evil, hypocritical, ambitious or sly.

Chinese Mask
Many colors are used in any given Chinese mask, but the dominant colors impart specific characteristics. 

Black means that the character is neutral. It also indicates impartiality and integrity.

White face indicates that the character is evil and hypocritical. 

Red used on mask indicates a positive character, intelligence and bravery. It can also mean prosperity, loyalty, courage and heroism.

Purple is sometimes used as a substitute for red and in its own right, it represents justice and sophistication.

Green shows that the character is violent, impulsive and lacks restraint.

Blue masks are an indication of neutrality, stubbornness, astuteness and fierceness. 

Gold and silver show that the character is a god or demon. It may also indicate that the character is a ghost or spirit. These two colors also symbolize mystery.

Yellow mask indicates that the character is cruel, evil, hypocritical, ambitious or sly.

One Hundred Peking Opera Characters. Qing Dynasty 1600s-1911, China late 1800s, artist unknown. In the opera boom of the late 19th century, albums were turned to a new purpose: documenting the variety and vibrancy of stage culture in all its multicolored splendor. This album records in detail the makeup&costume of 100 characters drawn from nine plays/operas shown in Peking. Each character is identified w/an inscription&the plays are named@the top right of nine of the leaves in slightly larger script.