Performances were both ritual and entertainment

The masks and puppets on display depict characters from Chinese stories that have been retold over centuries, forming a shared heritage that links generations. Performances were part of life’s rhythm in imperial China, used to mark seasonal festivals and family events like births and deaths.

  1. 1-4Masks

  2. 5-8Shadow puppets

  3. TOPICShadow puppets over time

  4. TOPICChinese opera

  5. TOPICJourney to the West: a story shared by billions

  6. TOPICFestivals and performances