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China: Empress Dowager Cixi

A collection of photo images of focused on the life of the Empress Dowager from the time she entered the Forbidden City as a consort of the Xianfeng Emperor up to her death in 1908.

Cixi's younger sister Yehenara Wanzhen (left) was the principal wife of Prince Chun, and gave birth to Emperor Guangxu.

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.

An Dehai was a grand eunuch favored by the Empress Dowager Cixi at the imperial court of the Qing Dynasty. He kept close watch of the conduct of Emperor Tongzhi and the other courtiers. Relying on Cixi’s trust he showed increasing arrogance and lack of scruples. He enlisted his personal adherents among the officials and held increasing sway over the imperial court.

JY: AN IMPERIAL GREYISH CELADON JADE SEAL QING DYNASTY,GUANGXU PERIOD, SEAL OF EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI (1835-1908)

A Large Imperial Celadon Jade Seal. Qing Dynasty, Seal Of Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908)

Emperor Silk Robes | dress worn by the Empress Dowager Ci Xi of the Qing Dynasty A ...

1909...IMPÉRATRICE DOWAGER CIXI.....DYNASTIE QUING.....FUNÉRAILLES...

Cixi's younger sister Yehenara Wanzhen (left) was the principal wife of Prince Chun, and gave birth to Emperor Guangxu.

Emperor Tung Chih, Cixi's (Tzu Hsi's) and Emperor Hsien Feng's son.

The Pavilion of Beautiful Scenery, inside which Cixi gave birth to the future Tongzhi Emperor.

The casket of Qing Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后.

Close-up of the detailed stone carving outside the chamber to the tomb of Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后.

Memorial tower of the tomb of Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后.

Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后 was interred amidst the Eastern Qing Tombs (清東陵), 125 km (78 mi) east of Beijing, in the Dong Dingling (東定陵), along with Empress Dowager Ci’an. More precisely, Empress Dowager Ci’an lies in the Pu Xiang Yu Ding Dong Ling (普祥峪定東陵) (literally: the “Tomb East of the Ding Ling Tomb in the Broad Valley of Good Omen”), while Empress Dowager Cixi built herself the much larger Pu Tuo Yu Ding Dong Ling (菩陀峪定東陵) (“Tomb East of the Ding Ling Tomb in the Potala Valley”).

Entrance to the burial mound of Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后.

Cixi's Jiyang Mahjong set. Jiyang means "Lucky Sheep" in Chinese. Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908), was born in the year of Sheep and liked the treasures that named with "Sheep".

Bottom side of Empress Dowager Cixi's porcelain bowl, Qing Dynasty (1875-1908). Signed with a red hall mark reading Daya Zhai "The Studio of the Greater Odes". Within a small oval panel framed by two dragons signed Tiandi yijia chun "The Whole World celebrating as One Family". Signed on the base with a four character mark, Yongqing changchun "Eternal Prosperity and Enduring Spring".

A large imperial celadon jade seal of Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908), Qing Dynasty.

Restored Photo - Cixi and the Qing Court returns after being assured by foreign powers that they will not seek reprisal against the throne for the Boxer uprising. In the distance, curious amalgam of Chinese customary genuflection combined with western military salute of 'present arms'; the soldiers in the background are all on their knees with raised rifles. A unique instance of east and west.

Empress Dowager Cixi full funeral.

Empress Dowager Cixi's funeral.

Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后 was interred amidst the Eastern Qing Tombs (清東陵), 125 km (78 mi) east of Beijing, in the Dong Dingling (東定陵), along with Empress Dowager Ci’an. More precisely, Empress Dowager Ci’an lies in the Pu Xiang Yu Ding Dong Ling (普祥峪定東陵) (literally: the “Tomb East of the Ding Ling Tomb in the Broad Valley of Good Omen”), while Empress Dowager Cixi built herself the much larger Pu Tuo Yu Ding Dong Ling (菩陀峪定東陵) (“Tomb East of the Ding Ling Tomb in the Potala Valley”).