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Empress Dowager Cixi Tongzhi, the actual supreme ruler of the late Qing dynasty. Empress Dowager Cixi, but also for the empress dowager, was La Queen Mother. Concubine of Qing Dynasty Emperor Xianfeng.

The Empress Dowager Cixi (Tzu Hsi) 慈禧太后. This painting was painted by Hubert Vos in 1906, the Dutch American painter, whose painting was presented to Empress Cixi at her seventy-first birthday. It is now at the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) in Beijing at at the Hall of Dispelling Clouds, (PaiyunDian).

painted by Hubert Vos in Empress Dowager Cixi (Tzu Hsi) 慈禧太后. This painting was painted by Hubert Vos in (Dutch American )

Shrewd: China's Empress Cixi http://www.interactchina.com/

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

tiny-librarian:  On September 21, 1898, Empress Dowager Cixi seized power and ended the Hundred Days’ Reform in China.

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

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Tz'u Hsi Empress dowager of China here as buddhist goddess of mercy with Li Lien-ying (r) chief eunuch, photo attributed to princess der Ling, 1903

Yanxingdian East Room, Forbidden City Palace Museum.  Notice the throne behind the Guangxu Emperor's chair where Empress Dowager Cixi sat behind a screen directing what the emperor should say in responses to issues presented to him.

The east room of the 'Yangxindian' Palace within the Forbidden City where Empress Dowager Cixi decided state affairs 'behind a screen' in the name of the reigning boy emperor.

Phoenix crown worn by the Ming Dynasty Empress Xiaoduan. She was the wife of Emperor Wanli who reigned from 1573 to 1620. The enameled crown is decorated with pearls and turquoise. There is another view on the next page.

Enamel, Pearls & Turquoise Phoenix Crown of Ming Dynasty Empress Xiaoduan, wife of Emperor Wanli

Empress Wangrong (1906-1946), consort of Emperor Xuantong,(Henry Puyi) the last Emperor of China.

Empress Wangrong consort of Emperor Xuantong,(Henry Puyi) the last Emperor of China.

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) - She adopted military and technological reforms, and prevented the fall of dynastic power following the Hundred Days' Reforms of 1898

Empress Dowager Cixi - Werner Forman/UIG via Getty Images

From "Ten Mistresses Who Changes History" - The Chinese Empress Cixi.  Kind of a badass.

From "Ten Mistresses Who Changes History" - The Chinese Empress Cixi. Kind of a badass.

The official imperial portrait of Empress Dowager Cixi (Tzu Hsi) 慈禧太后 (29 Nov 1835 – 15 Nov 1908), of the Manchu Yehenara clan, one of the three wives of the Xianfeng emperor.  Cixi was a powerful and charismatic woman who effectively controlled the Chinese government for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908.  This official portrait was painted in the latter years of her life.

Offical Portrait of the Empress Dowager Cixi; Image courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.

Empress Wanrong's- Her marriage to Puyi turned out to be an unhappy one. Some historians, Puyi and Wanrong did not consummate their marriage and they remained childless. Wanrong was known to have had some form of mental illness, which appeared to be curable by opium. She started smoking opium, with permission from Puyi, and gradually became addicted to it

The last Empress of China. Empress Wan Jung also known as Empress Wan Rong, Empress Xiao Ke Min and Empress Elizabeth, was the last Empress of China.

The Fascinating Life of Empress Dowager Cixi (Exclusive)  - August 19, 2016 -  Few queens have life stories as interesting, dramatic and odd as that of the last empress of China—Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908).

The Fascinating Life of Empress Dowager Cixi (Exclusive) - August 2016 - Few queens have life stories as interesting, dramatic and odd as that of the last empress of China—Empress Dowager Cixi

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