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Emperor Ai of Han + Dong Xian

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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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Hi, Meteo, for my Master's degree I did a short essay on "Homosexuality in Ancient China", would it be okay if I used your art as a cover for a digital upload? (You will be properly credited and it will have no comercial purpose). Thanks so much in advance!