Qing Dynasty

Chinese hair ornament, thought to have been worn by the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908).  Made from gilded copper alloy worked into phoenix-shapes, decorated with pearls, other gemstones, and kingfisher feathers.  Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.  Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.

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Minoritized languages moodboard: Manchu

Manchu (ᠮᠠᠨᠵᡠ ᡤᡳᠰᡠᠨ manju gisun) is a severily endangered language spoken in Manchuria. It was the language of the Qing dynasty, but over the last centuries has been replaced by Mandarin Chinese.

For anon

In spring 1852, in one of the periodic nationwide selections for imperial consorts, a sixteen-year-old girl caught the eye of the emperor and was chosen as a concubine.  A Chinese emperor was entitled to one empress and as many concubines as he pleased.  In the court registry she was entered simply as ‘the woman of the Nala family’, with no name of her own.  Female names were deemed too insignificant to be recorded.  In fewer than ten years, however, this girl, whose name may have been lost for ever, had fought her way to become the ruler of China, and for decades - until her death in 1908 - would hold in her hands the fate of nearly one-third of the world’s population.  She was the Empress Dowager Cixi.
—  Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang
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Characters based off the Legend of Wing Chun. Takes place during the Qing Dynasty in China. 

It was really interesting reading about chinese history while searching for a theme and time period for this project. I had another idea surrounding a chinese brush painter, but ultimately went with the Wing Chun origin story because it’d be fun to pose and it has a strong lady protag. :’) 

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Hi all! It’s been a very long time since I last posted anything on this blog. This is not a dead blog and I appreciate all of your support when I was away. Also, I am happy to see more new followers joining this blog, I hope you enjoy my posts.

This post is dedicated to the Nguyen dynasty of Vietnam. I believe they are colorized in recent years which help of technological advancement. I found these photos on the internet, so again, I don’t possess any rights over these images. If anyone requests me to take them down due to copyright reasons, I will do it immediately.

Another album will be uploaded soon! Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted!

Ancient Jewelry Replicas on Etsy

In the past, a few people have asked me where they can find ancient jewelry for sale. While auction houses such as Christie’s, Bonhams, and Sotheby’s certainly offer ancient jewelry in their lots, not everyone can afford to buy genuine artifacts, myself included! I’ve thus done quite a bit of online sleuthing, searching for high-quality reproductions, and I thought I’d share what I’ve found with you all. Happy shopping!

Ancient Jewelry

Ancient Coins

  • Golden Artifacts (Greek and Roman coins)
  • Ancient Legends (mostly Roman, Greek, and Byzantine, but some Jewish and Biblical coins too)
  • Antiqua Nova (mostly Greek and Roman, with later European coins too)
  • Vibraa (Greek replica coins turned necklaces)