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Zhaojun Departs the Frontier by dinglaura Zhaojun Departs the Frontier by dinglaura
In Han period, the force of Xiongnu was much stronger than that of Han Chinese. Queen Mother Lv only had one daughter and she did not have heart to marry her daughter to a place far away. Therefore, the daughter of royal family took part in the political marriage. But this time, unwilling to honor the chanyu with a real princess, Emperor Yuan ordered that the plainest girl in the harem be selected for the marriage. He asked for volunteers and promised to give the volunteer away like his own daughter. The idea of leaving their homeland and comfortable life at the court for the grasslands of the far and unknown north was abhorrent to most of the young women. But not to Wang Zhaojun: she saw it as a chance to leave the empty palace life and possibly play a more important role than she ever would. She applied. When the lady-in-charge of the harem sent the unflattering portrait of Wang Zhaojun to the emperor, he merely glanced at it and nodded his approval. Only when summoned to court, Wang Zhaojun’s beauty astonished the emperor's courtiers and made the emperor reconsider his decision to send her to the Xiongnu. However, it is too late for the Emperor to change his decision because he cannot violate his promise to the Xiongnu. In anguish and sorrow, he parted with Wang Zhaojun.
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leonVillanueva8 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
i love all your pictures they are so beautifull , thank you for create something so pure and grandefull :D :D :D
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torujang Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I love this picture.
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GinaRyuu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
The attention to detail you put into each of your pieces is simply awe inspiring. I love how soft the ladies look and how the colors they wear are so beautifully paired with each piece of jewelry. I'm so amazed at your work and I'm having so much fun going through your work. You have a wonderful gift!
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aoimevelho Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this legend, and I like very much how you pictured Wang Zhaojun!
Very beautiful painting!
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DarkAngel013 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful! I'm hopeful to see more with this little story you have going. x3
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suzaku-no-miya Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a legend, actually: the story of one of the famed Four Beauties of China.
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Demi-Plum Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely. Your pieces are always so wonderful
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