1903 photo of Empress Dowager Cixi and her attendants (Life, Sept. 23, 1966). This pin should take you to a bio written by one of Empress's ladies in waiting in 1911 ... it sounds quite interesting ... must read it myself!
The Empress Dowager Cixi rose from the position of concubine to become the most powerful woman in China, in a reign that lasted 47 years – from 1861 to 1908. Seen here as a young woman, Cixi had the fortune to bear the Xianfeng Emperor’s only male heir.
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 Cixi’s Fan, embroidered silk and bamboo, late 18th-19th century (Qing Dynasty 1644-1911), China, Vatican Museums, Vatican City. Empress Dowager Cixi (1861-1908) is widely recognised as one of the most powerful women in the history of China.
Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) Together with Tang-dynasty Empress Wu Zetian, Cixi is remembered as one of China's most powerful women. Having borne the Xianfeng emperor's son as an imperial concubine, Cixi later seized power as regent to both the Tongzhi and Guangxu emperors(her son and nephew respectively). Cixi prevented Guangxu from implementing state reforms and, in her alliance with the Boxer Rebellion, paved the way for the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911.
Portrait of the Empress Dowager Cixi, ca.1903-05. Empress Dowager Cixi or Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi (29 November 1835 – 15 November 1908), 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. http://semioticapocalypse.tumblr.com