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 good 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. Then, when the boy Emperor himself died at an early age, Cixi installed her nephew to the throne and ruled through him.

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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.

The lady that ordered the boat built was called Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后.

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.

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.

The Ci-Xi Imperial Dowager Empress - Regency 11 November 1861 – 15 November 1908 concurrently with Empress Dowager Ci'an

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

Empress Dowager Cixi - The Empress Dowager strolls with the fourth daughter of Prince Qing.

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

One of the historical oil paintings by Western artists depicting Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后.

Portrait of the Qing Dynasty CIXI Imperial Dowager Empress of China in the - Hubert Vos.

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, literally translated as "The Current Holy Mother Empress Dowager of the Great Qing Empire, Cixi (kind and auspicious) Duanyou (upright and blessed) Kangyi (healthy and well-maintained) Zhaoyu (clear and pleasant) Zhuangcheng (solemn and sincere) Shougong

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,

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

Portrait of the Empress Dowager Cixi, Empress Dowager Cixi or Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi November 1835 – 15 November of the Manchu Yehenara clan, was a powerful and charismatic.

Empress Dowager Cixi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A tinted photograph of the Empress Dowager Cixi, Regent of the Qing Dynasty. Her portraits included a painting given to Teddy Roosevelt.

Marks on Chinese Porcelain - The Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and their reign marks

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.

Empress Dowager Cixi -    Photograph of Princess Rongshou (center seated), daughter of Prince Gong. As a way to show gratitude to the Prince, Cixi adopted his daughter, and elevated her to the rank of Kurun Princess (the highest rank for imperial princesses). The Princess remained a lifelong friend of Cixi, and earned Cixi's respect and reverence for her forthrightness and sincerity. She became one of the few people whose remarks were taken seriously into account by Cixi.

Photograph of Princess Rongshou (center seated), daughter of Prince Gong.

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.

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.

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