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In Han Chinese culture, the kowtow is the highest sign of reverence. It was widely used to show reverence for one's elders, superiors, and especially the Emperor, as well as for religious and cultural objects of worship. As government officials represented the majesty of the Emperor while carrying out their duties, commoners were also required to kowtow to them in formal situations. For example, a commoner brought before a local magistrate would be required to kneel and kowtow.

In Han Chinese culture, the kowtow is the highest sign of reverence.

William Saunders 3 Women in a Cangue Shanghai China Vintage Albumen Print 1870

William Saunders 3 Women in a Cangue Shanghai China Vintage Albumen Print 1870

舒震东 Shu Zhendong(ou 舒昌瑜 Shu Changyu), passe pour être le père de la machine à écrire chinoise.

舒震东 Shu Zhendong(ou 舒昌瑜 Shu Changyu), passe pour être le père de la machine à écrire chinoise.

vintage everyday: Rare Photographs of Chinese Women from the 1800s

Photo of a pensive young lady. Women’s lives in the century were strictly regulated—they were required to be faithful, modest, and not overly educated. Women’s clothing was often loose and unshapely by Western standards.

© Liang Shitai (également connu sous le nom Voir Tay), 1878, «Portrait de Li Hongzhang à Tianjin», la Chine est présentée à l'Asie au…

© Liang Shitai (also known as See Tay), ‘Portrait of Li Hongzhang in Tianjin’, China Brought to Asia in the early by European travelers, photography was both a witness to the dramatic.

Kids with brushwood, China, 1917-1919 photo by Sidney David Gamble

Children carrying Firewood, Hangzhou, (Photo by Sidney David Gamble)

Pu Yi the last Emperor of China, as a child, picture published in 1911 (b/w photo), Chinese Photographer, (20th Century), Private Collection / Archives Charmet / The Bridgeman Art Library

Royal Baby Fashion Through the Ages

The last emperor of China, His Imperial Majesty the Xuantong Emperor, more commonly known as Pu Yi, probably 1908 or a bit later.

Imperial Dowager Cixi, unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years from 1861 to her death in 1908.

Who Was Empress Dowager Cixi?

The Ci-Xi Imperial Dowager Empress - Regency 11 November 1861 – 15 November 1908 concurrently with Empress Dowager Ci'an

After watching a Machu TV series, I did some research on the recent Qing dynasty clothing, hair and their root.

British beauty explorer real shot in 1898 in the Chinese society - Zhangzi Han - Zhangzai Han graphic world.

Chinese man locked in a cangue as punishment.  The word "cangue" is French, from the Portuguese "canga," which means yoke --- that carrying tool has also been used to the same effect, with the hands tied to each arm of the yoke.  In contemporary Standard Mandarin Chinese the cangue is called a 木枷 "mu jia

Chinese man locked in a cangue as punishment. The word "cangue" is French, from the Portuguese "canga," which means yoke - In contemporary Standard Mandarin Chinese the cangue is called a 木枷 mu jia ~

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