The Last Empress of China.  Empress Dowager Cixi unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty for 47 years, from 1861 until her death in 1908.  She was originally of the Manchu Fuca Clan.  CHINA.

The Last Empress of China. Empress Dowager Cixi unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty for 47 years, from 1861 until her death in 1908. She was originally of the Manchu Fuca Clan. CHINA.

Empress Cixi’s Fan, late 18th-19th century (Qing Dynasty 1644-1911), China. Composed of silk and bamboo. In the 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 Cixi’s Fan, late 18th-19th century (Qing Dynasty 1644-1911), China. Composed of silk and bamboo. In the Vatican Museums, Vatican City. Empress Dowager Cixi (1861-1908) is widely recognised as one of the most powerful women in the history of China.

The Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后 strolls with the fourth daughter of Prince Qing.

The Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后 strolls with the fourth daughter of Prince Qing.

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!

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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!

Empress Dowager Cixi's 慈禧太后 Funeral Procession - 1909 ~

Empress Dowager Cixi's 慈禧太后 Funeral Procession - 1909 ~

Empress Dowager Cixi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Katharine Carl's oil painting of Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Katharine Carl's oil painting of Cixi

Shrewd: China's Empress Cixi

The concubine who became China's iron lady: EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI BY JUNG CHANG

Manchu high platform shoes, Qing Dynasty, Forbidden City collection (probably worn by the Empress Dowager Cixi).

Manchu high platform shoes, Qing Dynasty, Forbidden City collection (probably worn by the Empress Dowager Cixi).

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.

The Empress Dowager Cixi 1903-1905.  The image of Cixi as a cruel tyrant gained historical traction in 1910, when Backhouse published a book, 'China Under the Empress Dowager'. But much of Backhouse's "reporting" was fiction and he forged many of the documents he cited. Cixi was a spirited and beautiful young woman trapped in a losing proposition: A figurehead empress who lost 3 emperors to conspiracy; a matriarch whose reputation was destroyed as she presided over the end of a dynasty.

Cixi: The Woman Behind the Throne

The Empress Dowager Cixi 1903-1905. The image of Cixi as a cruel tyrant gained historical traction in 1910, when Backhouse published a book, 'China Under the Empress Dowager'. But much of Backhouse's "reporting" was fiction and he forged many of the documents he cited. Cixi was a spirited and beautiful young woman trapped in a losing proposition: A figurehead empress who lost 3 emperors to conspiracy; a matriarch whose reputation was destroyed as she presided over the end of a dynasty.

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