Happy New Year, again

新年快樂♡

15 February 1966, Taiwan
Face Paintings of Chinese Opera
design: Pi Ta-chun / 邳大椿
printer: Couvoisier S.A., Switzerland

Yesterday was Chinese new year and people make a week long celebration.  Theatrical make-up of Chinese Opera is often used for festive decorations.  This is a particular make-up of a role of Zhang Fei,  a military general in the 3rd century A.D. and a popular role in the Records of the Three Kingdoms.

A very strong face to stick on an envelope – a talisman of a letter.

昨日は中国の新年でした。お祝いは1週間続くそうで、ロンドンのチャイナタウン界隈も飾り付けがたくさん見られます。臉譜(れんぷ)と呼ばれる京劇の隈取もよく使われるアイテムです。このぱっきりした顔は3世紀の将軍だった張飛(ヂャン フェイ)三国志にも出てくる人物です。

ほとんど魔除けの力強さがある顔。貼った封筒を守りそうな切手です。

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