China: Unknown, 2007. Unlisted. Presumed First. Hardcover. 4to. Beautiful overview of Chinese opera. Text is in English and Chinese. Opera scene illustrations in color plus 6 Chinese postage stamps issued in 2007 and 5 traditional redbud leaf paintings. Paintings and stamps are in protective mounts. Additional marginal illustrations of opera masks. Red, black, and gilt cover. Five thick cardboard leaves. Original red folding slipcase.No wear to book; very light wear to slipcase. Like New. Item #007783
Information on the founding of the opera, famous actors, facial makeup, traditional acting roles, singing, recitation, and acrobatic fighting. Leaf painting is a classic Chinese craft that can be traced back two thousand years to the Eastern Han Dynasty. After first carefully treating the leaves to remove their color, artists use oil paints for their work.