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Farewell to My Concubine

Yu Xianglian and Wang Nanxian1980

China Intangible Heritage Industry Alliance

China Intangible Heritage Industry Alliance
Beijing, China

Farewell to My Concubine is a well-known Peking Opera based on the story of Xiang Yu (232-202 BC), the prominent warlord in the end of the Qin dynasty (221-207 BC) and his concubine Consort Yu. While being besieged by the troops of Xiang Yu’s rival Liu Bang (256-195 BC), Consort Yu, in order to die alongside her lover, committed suicide when performing sword dance for Xiang Yu.
Both attired in garments similar to the characters in Peking Opera, the two were crafted in a life-like manner, Consort Yu in a fascinating dancing posture holding a sword with both her hands while Xiang Yu showing deep grief on his typical facial makeup in the shape of a black steel fork with one hand resting on the desk and the other holding beards, constituting a scene that one will never get tired watching.

Details

  • Title: Farewell to My Concubine
  • Creator: Yu Xianglian and Wang Nanxian
  • Date: 1980
  • Type: Huishan Clay Figurine
  • Physical format: 21x18cm

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