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Emperor Ai of Han + Dong Xian by MeteoDesigns Emperor Ai of Han + Dong Xian by MeteoDesigns
EMPEROR AI OF HAN & DONG XIAN (4 bce)

Emperor Ai of Han China fell in love with a minor official, a man named Dong Xian, and bestowed upon him great political power and a magnificent palace. Legend has it that one day, while the two men were sleeping in the same bed, the Emperoror was roused from his slumber by pressing business. Dong Xian had fallen asleep across the Emperor’s robe, but rather than awaken his peaceful lover, the Emperor cut his robe free at the sleeve. Thus, “the passion of the cut sleeve” became a euphemism for same-sex love in China.
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famulus86 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  New member Professional General Artist
This is such a beautiful illustration of a beautiful story. I love your whole calendar series, but this particular image is my favourite.
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tarorro Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow!! This looks great !! Much like everyone else, I wish They taught this in classes.

When I was in seventh grade, my friend did a project on this emperor and dynasty!!
She discovered for herself (and told me) about the relationship between these two and we found it very interesting. In the end, she was "not lowed to include it in the project because it may offend people" UHG...

I think the 斷袖之癖idiom for this is very sweet, too!!!
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Great-Izanagi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Schools will never teach this because they never want you to know actual facts great piece both artistically and historically
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EtoileIndigo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Of those two I have never heard that they were a couple.
Legetlich that our Austrian Prince Eugene was gay and Oscar Wilde, we are told the teacher, with inhibitions (but it was a start, we were against the very cool, no one laughed).
Had only later to find out who, all homosexual was from the history books.
But a remarkable picture, really impressive.
Like it very much, as well as the other drawings in historical Terms :D
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KatNightfox Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
This is just beautiful.
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razorwirepuppet Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Beautiful work and story <3
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emikosaitou Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
so pretty :) I also like the 'bitten peach' story
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Gerlint Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Thank you for sharing this. This was really interesting. :)
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GaramondBodoni Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, I never knew about this! Awesome interpretation!
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kurocleoO777 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why don't we learn that kind of stuff in history class??
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