Red Painted Face (puppet head)

Xu Zhuchu1960

China Intangible Heritage Industry Alliance

China Intangible Heritage Industry Alliance
Beijing, China

Good at presenting fighting scenes, Zhangzhou Puppet Show boasts diverse designs for characters of men of action, which is called hualian, meaning “painted face”, in Chinese operas. These characters are further categorized into subgroups based on different colors of make-ups, with or without beard. Red hualian or painted face signifies the personality of righteousness and integrity.


  • Title: Red Painted Face (puppet head)
  • Creator: Xu Zhuchu
  • Date: 1960
  • Type: Puppet
  • Physical format: 11x5cm

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