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Chinese Pinyin: Qiuhu Xi Qi
Chinese: 秋胡戏妻 (鲁洁妇)
Name Of Image: Qiuhu trying to seduce his own wife
Description:

Qiuhu (秋胡), a native of the state of Lu during the Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BCE), was ordered to take up an official post in the state of Chen a scant five days after his marriage to Jiefu (洁妇), …

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Chinese Pinyin: Qu Yuan Yu Yu Fu
Chinese: 屈原遇渔父
Name Of Image: Qu Yuan Meeting a Fisherman
Description:

These set of images portray the last moment of the life of Qu Yuan 屈原 (340 – 278BCE), an important Chinese poet and politician, who was in exile in the wilderness because of his unsuitable political stance in court. He …

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Chinese Pinyin: San Suan Tu
Chinese: 三酸图
Name Of Image: Picture of Three Sours
Description:

One day during Su Shi (苏轼, 1037 – 1101)’s exile in Huangzhou, Hubei province, his friend, Fo Yin (佛印, 1032 – 98) invited him and Huang Tingjian (黄庭坚, 1045 – 1105) to taste the ‘Peach-Blossom-Flavoured Vinegar’, made with a famous …

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Chinese Pinyin: Sui Yang Di Ye You Xi Yuan
Chinese: 隋炀帝夜游西苑
Name Of Image: Night Revel of the Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty
Description:

Emperor Yang of the Sui dynasty (r. 606 -18) 隋炀帝 is considered to have brought disaster to the country and misery to the people with his unwise rule and debauched lifestyle. In one of these decadent episodes, his consorts and …

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Chinese Pinyin: Wei Jie
Chinese: 卫玠
Name Of Image: Wei Jie
Description:

Wei Jie 卫玠 (286 – 312) was admired as a handsome “jade man’ when he appeared in his signature goat-drawn carriage in town. Wei Jie shone like a piece of gleaming diamond whichever company he was in. On 17th century …

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Chinese Pinyin: Xiahou Dun Ba Shi Dan Jing
Chinese: 夏侯惇拔矢啖睛
Name Of Image: Xiahou Dun Yanking an Arrow that Pierced His Eyeball
Description:

Xiahou Dun (夏侯惇, died 13 June 220) was one of Cao Cao’s (曹操, 155 – 220) most valued generals in the late Eastern Han dynasty (东汉, 25–220) of China. Xiahou showed his strong temperament even when he was in his …

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Chinese Pinyin: Xiangru Ti Qiao
Chinese: 相如题桥
Name Of Image: Sima Xiangru Inscribing on the Bridge Gateway
Description:

Sima Xiangru Inscribing on the Bridge Gateway (相如题桥)’ was a popular theme in theatre from at least the Song (960 – 1279) through to the Qing (1644 – 1911) dynasty. Sima Xiangru (司马相如) was a Western Han (202 BCE – …

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Chinese Pinyin: Xiwangmu Zhu Shou
Chinese: 西王母祝寿
Name Of Image: Birthday Celebration for the Queen Mother of the West
Description:

In Zhuangzi (庄子), an ancient Chinese text from the late Warring States period (476–221 BCE)  and one of the two foundational texts of Daoism, the Queen Mother of the West (Xiwangmu 西王母) was mentioned as a deity who ‘obtained the Dao (the Way)’. …

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Chinese Pinyin: Yi Qin Yi He
Chinese: 一琴一鹤
Name Of Image: A Qin Zither and a Pet Crane
Description:

Zhao Bian (赵抃, 1008 – 84) was held in high esteem all his life and posthumously because of his incorruptibility and sound statesmanship during his entire career. His prize possessions were legendarily well-known: a qin zither and two pets, a …

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Chinese Pinyin: Yue Xia Jia Qi
Chinese: 月下佳期
Name Of Image: Consummation of Love from Western Chamber
Description:

Romance of the Western Chamber (西厢记) is the most popular love comedy in late imperial China. In the story, Scholar Zhang (张生) falls in love with a beautiful lady named Cui Yingying (崔莺莺), who happens to be stranded in a …

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