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This 4 part screen can be used as room divider or art work display, handmade and foldable, made from high quality wood.

Story about the painting: 
The Four Beauties or Four Great Beauties are four ancient Chinese women, renowned for their beauty. The scarcity of historical records concerning them meant that much of what is known of them today has been greatly embellished by legend. They gained their reputation from the influence they exercised over kings and emperors and consequently, the way their actions impacted Chinese history.
Beauties

The Four Great Beauties lived in four different dynasties, each hundreds of years apart. In chronological order, they are:
  • Xi Shi (c. 7th to 6th century BC, Spring and Autumn Period), said to be so entrancingly beautiful that fish would forget how to swim and sink away from the surface when she walks by. She was born in a humble silk-washing family but her beauty was used by the King of Yue to overthrow the Kingdom of Wu as a successful revenge.
  • Wang Zhaojun (c. 1st century BC, Western Han Dynasty), said to be so beautiful that her appearance would entice birds in flight to fall from the sky. The picture seems to show the time right before she was married the prince of a neighbouring country in northern outer China. This is based on a real story in history. Thanks to her marriage and contribution, the inner China and the northern China has a peaceful time for half a century.
  • Diaochan (c. 3rd century, Late Eastern Han/Three Kingdoms period), said to be so luminously lovely that the moon itself would shy away in embarrassment when she was praying under the moon. Diaochan is actually not her real name but a title of female court servants.
  • Yang Guifei (719–756, Tang Dynasty), said to have a face that puts all flowers to shame. A typical picture of Guifei would be a drunken beauty. This shows a moment of sorrow of hers when it came to her that the emperor would not come to her to appreciate flowers with her as arranged in an earlier appointment.
On the screen, from left to right, they are Yang Guifei, Xi Shi, Diaochan and Wang Zhaojun.

 

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