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Dowager Empress Cixi
Empress Dowager of China Cixi as Guan Yin

Cixidressed as Guan Yin, 1903

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China's Dowager Empress Cixi (Tz'u-hsi or Xianhuanghou, among alternate romanizations) is shown here in a photograph taken at the Summer Palace about 1903. She believed herself a figure of compassion to her people, and sometimes dressed as the bodhisattva Guan Yin (Kwan Yin or Kuan Yin). Her chief eunuch, Li Lien-ying, is shown at the right in this photograph.

The photograph has been attributed to Princess der Ling, a lady of the court who published Two Years in the Forbidden City in 1911.

Detail view on the next page, with the Empress highlighted.

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