This framed Beijing opera sculpture features the portait of Consort Yang. Hand cast and hand painted, the sculpture follows the original designs from Beijing opera costume and makeup with exquisite faux pearl head dress.
Consort Yang (Yang Guifei) (June 1, 719 ~July 15, 756), was one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. She was the beloved consort of the Tang (Xuanzong) emperor. Of humble origins, she is said to have won the favor and passion of the emperor to the extent that he eventually began to neglect state affairs. She adopted An Lu-shan, a general of Turkic origin, as her son and helped him win power at court. A power struggle over control of the central government between An Lu-shan and Yangs brother led to Ans rebellion in 755. Fleeing the capital before the rebels captured it, angry royal guards, who blamed Yang Guifei and her brother for the rebellion, forced Xuanzong to order their execution. The emperor soon abdicated.Yang Guifeis story and her tragic end have been a favorite theme for Chinese poets and writers.
Beijing opera of China dates back to the year 1790. With a history of over 200 years, Beijing Opera, which originated in Beijing, is the operatic form commanding the biggest following. Beijing Opera combines music, acrobatic dance, and spectacular costumes to tell stories from Chinese history and folklore.
The costumes in Beijing opera are graceful, magnificent, elegant and brilliant, most of which are made in handicraft embroidery. Besides the costumes, the actors also painted their faces with colorful paints. The facial makeup has various designs of lines and colored patches painted on the faces of certain operatic characters.