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Empress Dowager Cixi (Flashman and the Dragon)

Empress Dowager Cixi (Flashman and the Dragon)

The Empress Dowager Cixi (Tzu Hsi) 慈禧太后. This painting was painted by Hubert Vos in 1906, the Dutch American painter, whose painting was presented to Empress Cixi at her seventy-first birthday. It is now at the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) in Beijing at at the Hall of Dispelling Clouds, (PaiyunDian).

painted by Hubert Vos in Empress Dowager Cixi (Tzu Hsi) 慈禧太后. This painting was painted by Hubert Vos in (Dutch American )

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Young Cixi as a concubine.The Empress Dowager Cixi of Great Qing Dynasty rose from the position of concubine to become the most powerful woman in Qing Dynasty China, in a 47-year-long reign–from 1861 to 1908. Cixi had the fortune to bear the Xianfeng Emperor’s only male heir. After the death of the Emperor, Cixi ruled through her son, who was only five years old when his father died. When the boy Emperor himself died at an early age, Cixi installed her nephew to the throne and ruled through…

Young Cixi as a concubine.The Empress Dowager Cixi of Great Qing Dynasty rose from the position of concubine to become the most powerful woman in Qing Dynasty China, in a 47-year-long reign–from 1861 to 1908. Cixi had the fortune to bear the Xianfeng Emperor’s only male heir. After the death of the Emperor, Cixi ruled through her son, who was only five years old when his father died. When the boy Emperor himself died at an early age, Cixi installed her nephew to the throne and ruled through…

The Empress Dowager Cixi:  was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908.  Was a Concubine who worked her way to Empress. Cunning and cut throat, I have a weird obsession with her. Her ruthlessness is interesting to study.

Empress Dowager Cixi born: died: was probably most powerful woman in China since Empress Wu Zetian of the seventh century Zhou Dynasty. In fact, Cixi may have been even more powerful than Wu Zetian.

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Empress Cixi’s Fan, embroidered silk and bamboo, late century (Qing Dynasty China, Vatican Museums, Vatican City. Empress Dowager Cixi is widely recognised as one of the most powerful women in the history of China.

The official imperial portrait of Empress Dowager Cixi (Tzu Hsi) 慈禧太后 (29 Nov 1835 – 15 Nov 1908), of the Manchu Yehenara clan, one of the three wives of the Xianfeng emperor.  Cixi was a powerful and charismatic woman who effectively controlled the Chinese government for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908.  This official portrait was painted in the latter years of her life.

Offical Portrait of the Empress Dowager Cixi; Image courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.

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You will notice that pretty well all Chinese posed photographs will not have a smile in them.

Empress Dowager Cixi or Tzu-hsi / 慈禧太后 , of the Manchu Yehenara clan, was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908.

Empress Dowager Cixi or Tzu-hsi / 慈禧太后 , of the Manchu Yehenara clan, was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908

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In this photograph zoom in, the Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后 is shown in royal robes. Cixi is an honorific name, meaning auspicious and kind, recognizing the ascension of her son as emperor.

In this photograph zoom in, the Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后 is shown in royal robes.  Cixi is an honorific name, meaning auspicious and kind, recognizing the ascension of her son as emperor.
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