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 Seen here as a young woman, Cixi had the fortune to bear the Xianfeng Emperor’s only male heir.
Empress Dowager Cixi is shown sitting on her throne inside her bedroom chamber, the Hall of Happiness and Longevity of the Summer Palace. The plaque hanging above Cixi is inscribed with her title in full,
Empress Dowager Cixi After the death of Xianfeng in Zaichun, Nalashi's six-year-old son, succeeded to the throne under the reign title of Tongzhi so Nalashi was promoted to Empress Dowager with her honorary title Cixi.
This is the corpse of the Empress Dowager Cixi. Empress Dowager Cixi died in the Hall of Graceful Bird at the Middle Sea (中海儀鸞殿) of Zhongnanhai on 15 November 1908, after having installed Puyi as the new Emperor of the Qing Dynasty on November 14. Her death came only a day after the death of the Guangxu Emperor. Emperor was caused by acute arsenic poisoning. It is speculated that Cixi may have known of her imminent death and may have had Guangxu poisoned.