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Fingernails in Imperial China In Imperial China it was customary for individuals of high social standing to grow their fingernails to excessive lengths. The impractical length of the fingernails...

This close-up shows Cixi's gold filigreed fingernail covers, which were traditionally worn in the Qing court.

The Manchu khan, Nurhachi, ruthlessly brought the Manchurian clans together and in 1618 attacked the Imperial Ming armies north of Beijing. Two decades of conflict brought down the Ming rulers and in 1644 Nurhachi’s grandson became the first emperor of the Ch’ing dynasty. The Manchus ruled China for nearly 270 years. Nurhachi was known as the Grandfather of the Manchu empire.

Full length color image of Nurhachi aka. Nurhaci, by George Stuart.

Qing dynasty long life gold and pearl fingernail guards, (probably used by Empress Dowager Cixi), Forbidden City collection.

Qing dynasty long life gold and pearl fingernail guards, (probably used by Empress Dowager Cixi), Forbidden City collection.

The Qing Dynasty Ci-Xi Dowager Empress of China at the time being the Imperial Concubine Yi

The Qing Dynasty Ci-Xi Dowager Empress of China at the time being the Imperial Concubine Yi

Group photo of imperial eunuchs in the Forbidden City palace.

38 rare pictures of eunuchs during Qing Dinasty - Magazine - China Underground

Eunuchs from the Qing dynasty - fascinating history

The Empress Dowager Cixi in sedan chair surrounded by eunuchs, China, Qing dynasty, circa 1903

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