Wild Boar Forest. Adopted from the Chinese literary classic Water Margin, the household Peking opera Wild Boar Forest tells the story about Lin Chong, the righteous martial arts instructor for the Imperial Guards, who decided to join the outlaws at Mount Liang after being framed by the vicious minster Gao Qiu.
Qin Xianglian. Qin Xianglian is the character in the household folklore in China, which tells stories of Qin who came to the capital with her children in order to reunite with her husband Chen Shimei arriving earlier for the Imperial Examination. Much to her surprise, Qin found that not only had Chen got No.1 in the examination and married the emperor’s daughter, he also intended to kill Qin and their children so as to keep his wealth and status. The disgraced Chen was finally brought to justice thanks to the fair trial by the righteous mayor of the capital Bao Zheng.
Female Generals of the Yang Family. Female Generals of the Yang Family is a group of widowed heroines from the same family the Yangs led by She Taijun against nomadic invaders in the early Norther Song dynasty (960-1127 AD). Among these brave female generals who helped the Song court achieve incomparable victory during the war, Mu Guiying was the most brilliant. This piece illustrates a scene of Mu fighting vigorously against enemies on the battlefield.
Great Sage Equaling Heaven (in costume and make-up of Peking Opera). Sun Wukong, who proclaimed himself the “Great Sage Equaling Heaven”, is a household mythological character in China more known as Monkey King in the west. Legend has it that the resourceful Sun, born out of the magic stone generated from the separation between Heaven and earth, masters great magic power such as 72 transformations. The Monkey King in this piece is in the costume and makeup as the character in the Peking opera Uproar in Heaven.
Mighty Miracle God. Also a character in the Chinese literary classic Journey to the West, Mighty Miracle God is a warrior in Heaven who has such incomparable might that he is able to lift high mountains and split giant rocks. The Mighty Miracle God portrayed in this piece, holding two giant hammers as weapon, inspires a sense of awe.
Jiang Menshen—Peking Opera Facial Make-up. Originally named Jiang Zhong, Jiang Menshen is a villain depicted in Water Margin who forcefully took possession of the Happy Woods Tavern which didn’t belong to him, ending up being beaten by Wu Song and deprived of the ownership of the tavern. This piece gives full expression to the hooligan.
Chinese Zodiac Offering Best Wishes. The Chinese zodiac is a repeating cycle of twelve years, with each year represented by an animal, which are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. This piece shows a Chinese character of “fortune” composed by the twelve Chinese zodiac animals based on the ingenious and interesting design.
The Virtuous Deserving Longevity. Longevity or even immortality has been what the human being is never tired of longing for, while longevity is also an indicator to assess a happy or not life in China. With the Chinese character “longevity” composed of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals and the inscription of “only the virtuous deserve longevity”, the artisan of this piece express the view that only by being an upright, honest and dignified person that one can be blessed.
Chinese Precious Bird Brown-eared Pheasants. This piece adopted brown-eared pheasants as subject, which is a precious species that is listed as first-class animals and birds under protection in China. In this highly-decorative piece which applied eye-catching contrast colors, two pheasants stand among beautiful peony flowers and other plants, which add liveliness and vitality to the image.
Chinese Dragon. With the image of dragon, the time-honored symbol of the Chinese race, the artisan intends to convey best wishes for resurgence and reunification of our mother country, further expressed by the inscription that “The giant dragon flies above the Divine Land; reunification of China is the wish of us all”.