The only piece of relic discovered by archeologists today that has direct relation with the famous, one and only Empress Wu (武則天)of Wuzhou (武周). This piece of Gold is used as a giving to the God to reflect on the wrongdoings of the Empress as the Emperor. Her name 武瞾 is clearly shown in the middle of the piece.

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Plum makeup 梅花妆or落梅妆

You may have seen in Chinese films set in imperial eras, the ladies often decorate their forehead with painting, gems, pearls, scale and even flowers.

This forehead decorating is called as Hua Dian (花鈿).

The story

It was said that the first person to decorate her forehead was Princess Shou Yang (寿陽公主), the favorite daughter of Emperor Wu of Liu-Song Dynasty (宋武帝).

Princess Shou Yang was sleeping under a plum tree when she was suddenly woken up by her chambermaid telling her that she had been summoned by her father.

The princess rushed herself out of the imperial garden while her maid tried to pick up the petals of plum blossom from her head and body.

As the beautiful princess entered the throne room, everybody was looking at her, amazed at her new “make-up”. Apparently, there was a small petal stuck on her forehead.

The Emperor praised the princess for being so creative, telling her that she looked so much more beautiful than usual.

This so-called plum blossom make up (梅花粧) soon became the trend among the ladies of the court and the spread out the the whole country.

In ancient times, you needed to fulfill these 7 steps to finish your makeup routine:

yao with- who else? the only woman to rule as emperor- wu ze tian. she was originally a concubine of emperor taizhong, but later married his son, emperor gaozhong. she rose to power- and eventually the throne- via her political savvy and ruthlessness in eliminating her rivals. some people even think she might’ve killed her own child to eliminate the previous empress by accusing her of the murder! (though this is not proven) her reign saw the expansion of the tang dynasty empire far into central asia, and many other significant political and developments developments.

(here she’s supposed to still be a concubine, but i totally have this idea that the aph characters do kind of have this…sixth sense when they meet people who are gonna be very, very significant to their history…)

Prince Huan of Changsha - The title posthumously bestowed by Sun Quan to his late older brother when he declared himself emperor of Wu. 

I just refined a sketch I did earlier today :P

anonymous asked:

I'm curious about Quan's son, Sun Deng. Had Sun Luban not step in, do you think he would have made a worthy successor? Or if not, whom among the line do you think would have been worthy?

Sun Deng was recorded as being both intelligent and extremely ethical. He was known to consult Wu’s great ministers on affairs and showed great care for others. He probably would have been a good emperor. Sun Luban had nothing to do with him not becoming emperor, though - he died of natural causes in 241.

It’s hard to guess how Sun Lü would have done. He didn’t make much of an impression and died relatively young.

Sun He probably would have made a competent emperor. The majority of Wu’s officials supported him, particularly the ones known for their ethics and good sense. His fall from power evidences some personal weaknesses as a leader, but at least he knew what company to keep.

Sun Ba probably wouldn’t have been a very good emperor. He was demonstrably weak-willed and easily manipulated by corrupt ministers. He was manipulated from a young age, though. Had the circumstances of his life been different, he might have become a stronger person - but there’s no way to tell.

Sun Xiu probably could have been a good emperor, if he’d been trained for it. He was a decent man, and intelligent - a scholar with a deep love of learning. While he wasn’t a very good emperor when he took the throne (he was negligent and ignored the corruption in his regime), he probably would have done a reasonable job if he’d been taught how to rule.

Sun Liang showed some potential near the end of his reign. Perhaps he could have been a good emperor under different circumstances. The way things went, he never had a chance.

The best successor, though, may very well have been Sun Luban. Obviously she was extremely intelligent, highly determined, and strong-willed. She would have been an exceptional ruler, if not for the society in which she lived.

For that matter, Sun Luyu may have been an even better choice. She was also intelligent and determined - but with a far better moral compass than her sister.

Cao Cao, a Chinese warlord, reunited the Han Dynasty and claimed it was ruled by the Han emperor Xian, the rightful heir. In reality, Cao Cao reigned. But many fought his rule, and the country became divided between three kingdoms. In 220 CE, when Cao Cao died at 65, his son overthrew Emperor Xian and proclaimed himself first emperor of the state of Cao Wei. Cao Cao was posthumously declared “Grand Ancestor Emperor Wu of Wei.”

Why should you care about one character in the slow, bitter end of the once-great Han Dynasty? Because Cao Cao became a legend. He was the villain of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a historical novel that became the standard explanation of this fractured time. Today, Cao Cao is remembered as arch-evil, who committed every possible crime. He is a boogeyman used to frighten children into behaving.