Ground Opera Mask, Caocao
Source: China Museum of the Cultural Palace of Nationalities, Beijing
Discover rare and spectacular masks in this exhibition exclusive to the Immigration Museum.
Featuring handmade masks of wood, paper, copper, bronze and fabric, Masks of China explores the significance of masks in Chinese culture and history.
The ancient yet still living tradition of mask-making brings together beliefs, myths and symbols from Shamanism and Buddhism, and reflects China's many ethnic minority cultures.
Constructed and painted by hand, some more than 200 years old, these masks symbolise China's rich and diverse cultural landscape.
The exhibition has been developed by the China Museum of the Cultural Palace of Nationalities.
This exhibition has been generously supported by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the People's Republic of China, the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Scanlon Foundation.