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
Another different examples of Chinese Face Mask playing cards
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A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
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Colourful figures associated with the annual festival held in Vilafranca, Catalonia.
Pacific Northwest native Indian masks with artwork by Margaret Parrott, USA, 1992.
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