Empress Wu Zetian (Empress Consort Wu, Wu Hou, Wu Mei Niang, Mei-Niang, and Wu Zhao, l. 624-705 CE, r. 690-704 CE) was the only female emperor of Imperial China. She reigned during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) and was one of the most effective...
Wu Zetian's Stele
Wu Zetian's (r. 683-704 CE) Stele at Quianling Mausoleum where she was buried along with her husband Gaozong.
Wu Zetian: the First and Only Empress of Imperial China
Wu Zetian was born in 624 CE to a wealthy family, and her father encouraged her to learn how to read and write, as well as how to play music, the art of public speaking, and how to compose poetry, even though these skills were usually reserved...
Emperor Wu of Jin
Sima Yan, convinced Cao Huan to abdicate in his favor and then founded the Jin Dynasty in 266 CE, taking the throne name of Emperor Wu of Jin. Thirteen Emperors Scroll, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Empress Wu Zetian
Empress Wu Zetian (r. 683-704 CE) of the Tang Dynasty. Image taken from An 18th-century album of portraits of 86 emperors of China, with Chinese historical notes. Originally published/produced in China, 18th century. (British Library, Shelfmark...
Confucius by Wu Daozi
No contemporary portrait of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (c. 551 to c. 479 BCE) survives but the most popular print during the Imperial period was taken from a now lost original by Wu Daozi (Wu Taoutsi) in the 8th century CE.