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Emperor Ai of Han + Dong Xian


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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wow, beautiful work
famulus86's avatar
This is such a beautiful illustration of a beautiful story. I love your whole calendar series, but this particular image is my favourite.
tarorro's avatar
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!!!
Great-Izanagi's avatar
Schools will never teach this because they never want you to know actual facts great piece both artistically and historically
DevamEtmek's avatar
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
KatNightfox's avatar
This is just beautiful.
razorwirepuppet's avatar
Beautiful work and story <3
emikosaitou's avatar
so pretty :) I also like the 'bitten peach' story
Gerlint's avatar
Thank you for sharing this. This was really interesting. :)
GaramondBodoni's avatar
Oh wow, I never knew about this! Awesome interpretation!
kurocleoO777's avatar
Why don't we learn that kind of stuff in history class??
Dragonnerd445's avatar
Because dumb idiots think teaching LGBT history is 'wrong'. They like for us to think NOBODY was ever gay back then, just 'good friends'. 
kasumixkira's avatar
This is very lovely; a great representation to this sweet tale.
fireflamer789's avatar
I feel like you did a great job representing the story. Such a simple image carries so much emotion and depth.
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Magoda's avatar
I'm actually writing a paper on this currently. It is an ethnographic overview of homosexuality in ancient and modern China.
HectorHimeros's avatar
I've heard of this historical story before. But this is the first time I saw the illustration. Bravo!
ArtwatcherZuba's avatar
romantic and sweet
OuranHarryPotterfan9's avatar
thats a very sweet gesture
Wovstah's avatar
That story is so sweet - and you illustrated it beautifully. :O Why have I never heard this one before tho? XD
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fujoushi's avatar
aHA' i was wondering do u have a chinese tale! ur tales are so cute n nice~"
CarnieBoys's avatar
Omg that's so cuuuuuute!!!..
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