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Published January 11, 2023 Updated January 11, 2023

Chinese Opera Masks Playing Cards 脸谱

Three different packs of cards featuring traditional Chinese face painting and Chinese opera masks.

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Chinese opera is one of the oldest dramatic art forms in the world. Different styles of facial make-up painted on each performer's face symbolize a character's personality, role, and fate. The technique may have originated from ancient religions and dance but facepainting including glitter dusts and henna art is very popular today at children's parties and street carnivals, without the permanence of a real tattoo.

Face-masks representing Chinese gods on Playing Cards


Chinese Opera Facial Make-up Art on Playing Cards


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