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孙悟空 Sun Wukong (monkey king)
  • China
  • 孙悟空 Sun Wukong (monkey king), late 1800s–1982
  • Where object was made: China
  • paper, pigment
  • Object Height/Width: 28.5 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Width: 11 1/4 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift of Nancy Loo Bjorge
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3867.22

The papercut depicts a Beijing Opera character identified as Sun Wukong, the monkey king, in finely cut and brightly colored paper. The face is red and light blue-green with yellow detail in the eyes. The small pointed ears are bright pink, light blue-green and black. The elaborate headdress has a yellow crescent at the front center with a band of pink behind it and rows of design in light blue, dark blue and green. The brightly colored circles are clustered on the headdress in red, purple, light blue-green, green and bright pink. There are two long stylized pheasant feathers in yellow with green and red detail. There are grey ovals on either side of the face and clustered below and are decorated with flower-like designs in red and bright pink.