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项羽 Xiang Yu
  • China
    active: China
  • 项羽 Xiang Yu, late 1800s–1982
  • Where object was made: China
  • paper, pigment
  • Object Height/Width: 27 x 18 cm
    Object Height/Width: 10 5/8 x 7 1/16 in
  • Gift of Nancy Loo Bjorge
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3867.19

The papercut depicts a Beijing Opera character identified as Xiang Yu, with a white face and dark purple details near the eyes, down the nose and on the forehead. There are dark purple fin-like projections near the eyes and a dark purple beard. The headdress has an orange band with blue and light green detail with a light blue circle at the front center and the edges in yellow and bright pink. There is a band of dark blue behind the orange band with alternating light blue and yellow designs. There are circles on the top of the head in pink/white stripes, light green, orange, blue, light blue-green, and two tone pink. There is a red strip on either side of the beard.