¡¡¡¡White Hare is about vicissitudes of life between Liu Zhiyuan, the founding emperor of Later Han Dynasty, and his wife, Li Sanniang, and a tribulated and persistent common lady image was thus shaped. According to The Old History of the Five Dynasties Period?History of the Han Dynasty?Empresses Biographies, Gaozu¡¯s (Liu Zhiyuan) empress Li is from Jinyang. Humble Gaozu once herded horses in Jinyang, broke into her house at night, and robbed her as his bride. She was conferred Madame of Wei when Gaozu served as the military governor. Records of the official history leave a great deal to the imagination. White Hare was thus derived, and widely sung as one of four Southern Operas. Many types of opera like high pitched tune, Kun Opera, Beijing Opera and Liyuan Opera were put on the stage.
¡¡¡¡For extant images related to the opera on the ancient print, Newly Carved Image-Audio Supplement to Liu Zhiyuan White Hare of Fuchuntang Workshop in the period of Emperor Wanli in the Ming Dynasty contains the most abundant contents (Picture 07, 08, 09 and 10)£¬and there are also some dress-up images of Shengping Department of Qing Dynasty.