Sinology Sunday: April 23, 2017

Eastern Han Dynasty through Sixteen Kingdoms period.

This week we explore the Eastern Han Dynasty and afterwards with Experiencing Dynastic Restoration 朝代復原體驗.

More pictures below the cut.

Hanfu groups seem to work together so I apologize ahead of time in case there are any repeats.  Also, please understand that sorting Hanfu by era can be hard due to similar styles carrying over into different eras, lack of historical evidence or knowledge, and various other factors.

The following are some links that may help you get some background information.  Please let us know in the comment section if there are any other sites you may be able to recommend for more pictures.

Chinese History Timeline

General Chinese Clothing Timeline

Hanfu: General InformationHanfu List

Make-up: LipsEyebrows

Eastern Han Dynasty through Sixteen Kingdoms.

Eastern Han Dynasty through Sixteen Kingdoms.

Eastern Han Dynasty through Sixteen Kingdoms.

Wei, Jin, and Sixteen Kingdoms.

Wei, Jin, and Sixteen Kingdoms.

Wei, Jin, and Sixteen Kingdoms.

Wei, Jin, and Sixteen Kingdoms.

Wei, Jin, and Sixteen Kingdoms.

Wei, Jin, and Sixteen Kingdoms.

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4 thoughts on “Sinology Sunday: April 23, 2017

  1. Question about the facial markings – Were they just for aesthetics, or was there superstitious reasoning behind how the dots were arranged?

    • Haven’t looked much into this one so I’m not sure to be honest… If anybody else knows something it would be greatly appreciated.

    • Historically, concubines painted the dots (点靥/dian3 ye4) on their dimples as a way of notifying the female officer that they couldn’t serve the Emperor because their period had come.

      It later became a part of their daily makeup routine, and was most popular during Tang/Song dynasties.

      During the Wei/Jin period they would paint dots and other small designs (妆靥/zhuang1 ye4) all across their face to achieve a ‘broken’ look (碎妆).

      Source: http://blog.sina.cn/dpool/blog/s/blog_6b9d234c0101ew87.html

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