Figure of Li Tiemei, from the opera 'Red Lantern'
This figure represents Li Tiemei, heroine of the Revolutionary Peking opera The Red Lantern. She stands with a railwayman's lantern in her right hand, a climactic moment when she summons the guerrilla group that will wipe out the Japanese garrison. The Red Lanternis a tale of communist resistance to the Japanese invasion of 1937-1945. The story existed in various literary forms before it first entered the Peking opera repertoire in 1965. It became a Revolutionary model opera in 1968 when it was performed in the presence of Chairman Mao.
Location: China, room 44, case 30