Zhang Fei from Romance of the Three Kingdoms

In Beijing opera, each character has special make-up designed to visualize his or her characteristics. For example, the mask of Guan Yu is usually painted in red to symbolize his loyalty and righteousness. The masks for the same character may vary in different stories. Zhang Fei often wears a black mask to show his masculine appearance, but in this papercut he is painted with a funny face to amuse the audience during a comedy performance.


  • Title

    Zhang Fei from Romance of the Three Kingdoms

  • Series

    Shanzi Guangling Folk Papercuts

  • Artist/maker

    Zhang Minjin (c. 1915 - 1990s)
  • Associated people

    Zhang Fei (died AD 221) (subject)
  • Associated place

    Guangling (place of creation)
  • Date

  • Material and technique

    dye on cut xuan paper

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    16 x 11.5 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by John Gittings, 2008.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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