Chang Fei (opera hero with axe)

Accession Number

Chang Fei (opera hero with axe)


Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
20th century

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

21 5/8 in. x 16 9/16 in. ( 55 cm x 42 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Harold W. Stevenson, University of Michigan Professor Emeritus in Psychology

Subject matter
This figure is Zhang Fei, a general of Liu Bei. Zhang Fei was general of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and the black on his mask symbolizes fierceness and boldness. Zhang Fei's mask is well known and can be identified by a black-cross butterfly. 

Physical Description
Human figure in bright clothing holding an axe. He stands with bent knees and feet wide apart, with his arms extended away from his body. He is wearing a traditional Chinese opera mask and looks to the left. 

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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axes (tools)
face masks
human figures (visual works)

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