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Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Imitations of Emperor Yongzheng

Posted by on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 10:34 AM

In this fine painting, the controversial Emperor Yongzheng (1722 to 1735) is imitating a scholar:

In this picture, he is imitating a Taoist in search of elixirs. In this one, a poet writing poetry on a wall. One more: In this one, he is imitating a mischievous officer teasing a monkey. And if you want to see the emperor imitating a hunter wearing a wig, go here. Being the emperor is good.


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Posted by balmonter on January 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM · Report this
Qing emperors had a lot of pretending to do. First and foremost was pretending that the Manchu language was still relevant.
Posted by Xunzi on January 20, 2011 at 11:32 AM · Report this
thatsnotright 3
And this is different from modern world leaders hosting photo ops while, hunting, swimming, reading books to children and etc, because...
Posted by thatsnotright on January 20, 2011 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Fistique 4
My first association was Michael Jackson's paintings of himself as various messianic figures.
Posted by Fistique on January 20, 2011 at 2:50 PM · Report this
Kitts 5
The Yongzheng emperor is my favorite! He went back into the records and changed his brothers' names to more insulting things, and would write things like, "This memorial is extremely boring" as his official comment on important documents. On the other hand, he was the most anti-corruption emperor the Qing had, and feverishly obsessed with improving government, and unlike his son, he generally promoted officials on basis of merit, not ethnicity. An interesting guy all around.

Between this and the earlier post about Hong Lou Meng, I've been very happy to see Slog posting things relevant to my studies.
Posted by Kitts on January 22, 2011 at 11:14 PM · Report this

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