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司马师 Sima Shi
  • China
  • 司马师 Sima Shi, late 1800s–1982
  • Where object was made: China
  • paper, pigment
  • Object Height/Width: 29 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width: 11 3/8 x 7 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 11 x 11 in
    Frame Dimensions: 25 x 25 in
    Frame Dimensions: 25 x 25 x 2 in
    Canvas/Support: 1 3/16 x 1 3/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 15.24 x 15.24 cm
    Test Dimension Type: 5.08 x 5.08 cm
    Frame Dimensions: 5 x 5 in
  • Gift of Nancy Loo Bjorge
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3867.13

The papercut depicts a Beijing Opera character identified as Sima Shi, with a red face with black, gray and white details around the eyes and mouth. It has black fin-like decorations near each eye and black sideburns. The headdress has a yellow band with green edges, dark pink, orange, light blue and dark blue details. The bonnet portion is dark pink and dark blue with a green ribbon and green, light blue, and red detail. There are four dark blue hair sticks with a red tassel. Two rear decorations have dark pink ribbon trailers with light green and light blue detail. The front two decorations have light blue-green ribbon trailers with red, dark pink and light green detail. There is a dark blue collar with light blue edging on top with yellow and red detail, and a red scalloped border with light blue and dark blue detail. There is a yellow, dark pink and light green medallion in the front center.