Painted Red Shanxi Opera Trunk
Shanxi, circa 1900
This unusual painted trunk is from Shanxi province in central China, where it would have been used by a travelling opera troupe to store their costumes and props as they toured the local towns and villages. The detailed paintings on the front of various finely dressed figures are scenes from the opera, designed to promote their show as the troupe passed by. To the left and right of the main painting are two musicians, and the surrounding frame shows flowers and scrolling patterns. The dark, heavy brass clasp allows the trunk to be secured with a padlock. The trunk is made from a wood known as 'wutong' in Chinese - also referred to as phoenix tree wood as the phoenix was believed to like resting in the branches of the tree.
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