This handmade and hand-painted paper cut is a portait of a Taoist from Beijing Opera. The Taoists from Beijing opera often wear a rooftop-like hat, and carry Chinese swords.
For Taoism, the central concept and goal is the Tao, and its most important text is the Tao-te-Ching. Taoism has both a philosophical and a religious aspect. Philosophical Taoism emphasizes inner contemplation and mystical union with nature; wisdom, learning, and purposive action should be abandoned in favor of simplicity and wu-wei (nonaction, or letting things take their natural course). The religious aspect of Taoism developed later at 3rd century A.D., incorporating certain Buddhist features and developing a monastic system.
Chinese paper cutting is a unique art form, since paper was invented in China and has existed there for thousands of years. Common designs are animals, flowers and figures cut with scissors or a knife, mainly made to decorate doors and windows. Paper cuttings are also called window flowers or cutting pictures. Paper cutting has long history featuring both national and regional themes.
Though the end product is usually small in size, it can reflect many aspects of life such as prosperity, health, or the harvest. Some cuttings represent stories about the happiness gained from the accomplishment of common goals.