'Chinese Opera Mask, Cao Cao

Chinese Opera Mask, Cao Cao

White Color

White suggests sinisterness, treacherousness, suspiciousness and craftiness. Commonly seen on the stage is the white face for the powerful villain. It highlights all that is bad in human nature: cunning, craftiness, and treachery. Typical characters are Cao Cao, powerful and cruel prime minister in the time of the Three Kingdoms, and Qin Hui, treacherous Song Dynasty prime minister who put the national hero Yue Fei to death. Cao Cao with a watery white face is the leading character in the opera "Meeting of the Elite."

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