84. International Treasures - China - Peking Opera Flags from the Qing Dynasty



The colorful flags used in the Peking Opera are nearly always an integral part of the elaborate costumes worn by the performers, whose attire must enable the audience to distinguish; at first glance, a character's gender, demeanor, social hierarchy, nobility, and rank. Flags on a character, especially a imperial or a military player have their origins in the small flags Chinese generals would use to signal their subordinates.

During the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), Peking Opera troupes enlarged these flags and made them more decorative, producing the trademark flags on the performers back. Curiously the use of symbolic flags in these performances predates the use of a national flag in Imperial China. The Chinese worldview precluded the need for a national flag, as the living symbol of China was the Emperor.

The majority of the Peking Opera flags in this Grouping are from the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912) and were acquired in Beijing, their origin date from prior to the 1900s. Presented here, in the sequence of the Chinese Zodiac, are silk embroidered flags from a Beijing Troupe of the Peking Opera. Flags of this age and type are rere in China and almost unknown in the West.

 

International Treasures - China - Peking Opera Flags from the Qing Dynasty Grouping

 



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Item Ref Item Name Sub-Collection
Chinese Flagstaff Finial, Han Dynasty. ZFC1493 Chinese Flagstaff Finial, Han Dynasty. China
Imperial China National flag, 1863. ZFC3629 Imperial China National flag, 1863. Small Flags
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Rat flag. ZFC1256 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Rat flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty - Year of the Rat flag ZFC1252 China - Ching Dynasty - Year of the Rat flag China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Ox Flag. ZFC1278 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Ox Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Tiger Flag. ZFC1248 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Tiger Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty - Year of the Rabbit  flag ZFC1249 China - Ching Dynasty - Year of the Rabbit flag China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Rabbit Flag. ZFC1259 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Rabbit Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. ZFC1250 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. ZFC1251 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. ZFC1261 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. ZFC1283 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. ZFC1276 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. ZFC1282 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. China
Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. ZFC1277 Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. ZFC1281 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Snake Flag. ZFC1258 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Snake Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Horse Flag. ZFC1247 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Horse Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Horse Flag. ZFC1257 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Horse Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Goat Flag. ZFC1254 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Goat Flag. China
China - Ch'ing Dynasty - Year of the Goat flag. ZFC1279 China - Ch'ing Dynasty - Year of the Goat flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Monkey Flag. ZFC1255 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Monkey Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Monkey Flag. ZFC1253 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Monkey Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Rooster Flag. ZFC1280 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Rooster Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. ZFC1284 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. China
China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. ZFC1260 China - Ching Dynasty Year of the Dragon Flag. China

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