Why Did Chinese Concubines Have Long Nails

The Imperial Nail Squad: What's in the Bag? Each person on the imperial nail squad was equipped with a kit containing all sorts of clippers, nippers, tweezers, buffers, brushes made of fox fur, and French imported nail polish. There wasn't a clear consensus on what Cixi's favorite color was. Some said she was adamant to only use silver, while some claimed she was experimental with her choices and found her favorite to be purple. Either case would suit her meticulous yet bold character. Being on the imperial nail squad was high-risk, high-reward employment. From dusk to dawn, the squad members were to ensure the utmost integrity of the Empress Dowager's nails. Their duties started before Cixi rose. They had to boil a bucket of herbal juice and cool it down to an optimal temperature. Then, they would bring it to Cixi's bedside for her to soak her precious nails vulnerable from a night's dehydration.

You could only grow them by living through life.

Once the nails were soaked and softened, the nail squad would deploy their versatile manicure kit and trim, brush, and file both the exterior and interior (yes, interior, where dust and germs abounded) of her nails. Empress Dowager Cixi and her 8-inch nails (covered with nail guards). It was pivotal that the nail job be done perfectly. If any nails were broken or nicked, beheading wouldn't be a farfetched fate. After all, you couldn't buy long nails with money. You could only grow them by living through life. They really were a part of Cixi's body and life. Once, all hell broke loose when Cixi noticed a spot on one of her nails. Luckily, she consulted a physician first and learned it was a sign of aging rather than human mishap. Since then, the nail squad had to apply a fresh layer of nail polish to cover up any discoloration as part of Cixi's daily manicure routine. Cixi's well-nurtured nails were so dear to her that she would collect her trimmed off nails in a jade box. Her nails were covered by many.

If long nails were swords, then nail guards would be scabbards.

Rumor has it that the eunuch in charge of keeping her nails secretly pocketed some to sell. He was able to buy a siheyuan (四合院|"courtyard house" in Chinese) in a prime location with the money he made from Cixi's remnant nails, which were ground up into the "phoenix's toe," a Chinese medicine targeting tetanus and otitis media. During the day, Cixi usually wore nail guards made of gold or silver. Before bed, she would switch them into nail pockets made of yellow (the color reserved for Chinese emperors) satin, presumably in a motherly manner akin to tucking her nail babies into their sleeping bags. If long nails were swords, then nail guards would be scabbards. Although analogy fails to capture the functionality of nail guards in its full, it still paints a satisfactory picture of the physical parallel. Arguably one of the most iconic accessories of the Qing royals, the nail guard had purposes beyond accessorizing. It also served as an effective tool for concubines to subtly punish their maids and eunuchs.

After all, flesh digging preserved feminine poise in a way that punching and slapping couldn't. The humble origins of nail guards began in Han dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD), more than a millennium prior to their mainstream glory. At that time, they weren't particularly decorative. It wasn't until Qing dynasty (1644-1912) that they became as delicate and flamboyant as people today have known them to be. Since nail guards were a social signal, the more complex their design, the higher up the concubine wearing them was on the royal ladder. Common design patterns included plants, flowers, and calligraphy art. Cixi, on the other hand, had exclusive rights to dragon and phoenix carvings on her nail guards. Needless to say, she didn't skip on exercising these rights. Nail guards had very diverse looks. They could be made of gold, silver, bronze, jade, gilded metal, vitreous enamel, hawksbill sea turtle shells, or cloisonné and usually inlayed with gemstones, glass, and kingfisher feather. Sometimes, they sported a hollow out design. The hollow out nail guards were for summer as they gave the royal fingers a chance to breath. Their ends could be rounded or sharp. The curvature of each nail guard could also vary. It was speculated that noblewomen used nails guards for picking their nose. A rounded, slightly curved one would suit this purpose well. Just don't picture it. Story of Yanxi Palace (2018) ushered in the dominance of the Morandi color palette in China's nail art circle. Inspired by Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, the Morandi palette is a departure from the traditional loud colors of Chinese culture. It adopts a more subdued color scheme that gives off a feeling of balance and elegance.

This list describes characters from the anime and manga series Doraemon. Also listed are their original NTV voice actors (1973), followed by their TV Asahi voice actors (1979-2005; 2005-present). Part of the 22nd century characters are listed in The Doraemons. Each main character represents a primary school student archetype. Nobita appears in every episode of the anime, while Doraemon appears in most episodes, sometimes being substituted (for medical checkup or on leave) by his sister, Dorami. Note: In some translations of Doraemon, the names of these characters are different from the original names. 2.9 Nobisuke Nobi Jr. Albert in the Cinar dub of the series, is the title character and co-protagonist of the series. He is a cat-like robot from the future. He was yellow-skinned and had ears originally. However, his ears were accidentally eaten by a robot mouse. It left him heartbroken and caused his skin to turn blue. People often mistake him for a raccoon dog. He is sent back in time by Sewashi (Nobita's Great-great-grandson) to aid Nobita. Doraemon possesses a 4-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets, and playthings from a future department store.

He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of household items and unwanted gadgets. Still, Doraemon is very friendly and intelligent, not to mention long-suffering because of Nobita's antics. Since Sewashi sent Doraemon to the past, Doraemon has been living as the unofficial fourth member of Nobita's family and acts like a second son to Nobita's parents, since despite being a robot, he requires basic needs for a person, such as eating, and also sleeps in the closet of Nobita's bedroom. He also fears mice greatly (due to a robot mouse having eaten his ears), even go crazy about it and pull out devastating gadgets, and most of the times, Nobita saves Doraemon in such situations. Although he has no fingers in most media, he can hold things because of the suction cups in his hands. His favorite food is Dorayaki. He has also been shown to date with normal female cat. He is the elder brother of Dorami.

Nobita Nobi (野比, Nobi Nobita, English dub: Sidney in the Cinar dub, Specky in the Speedy dub, and Noby Nobi in the Bang Zoom! dub) is the co-protagonist of the series. He wears glasses, a red or yellow polo shirt with a white collar, and blue or black shorts and white socks and light blue shoes. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting. He is usually accompanied by Doraemon, who functions as his caretaker. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting and has been reflected in the movies many time. He's also good at string figure which sometime considered a girls' game. Son of Tamako and Nobisuke Nobi. Future father of Nobisuke (his son). Future husband or boyfriend of Shizuka and great-great-grandfather of Sewashi. Taurus), nicknamed Shizuka-chan (しずかちゃん) is a smart, kind and pretty girl. She is often represented by the color pink, and is seen wearing a pink shirt and skirt.

39;s gadgets like the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese).

The word 'Shizuka (しずか)' means 'Quiet'. She is Nobita's best friend. She does not shun Nobita due to his failing grades, lazy disposition or constant failures. In fact, she often tries to encourage him to do better, though she usually fails to convince him. Shizuka likes to take a bath several times a day; however, a running gag in the series is that she is sometimes interrupted by a sudden appearance of Nobita (sometimes Doraemon, Gian, or Suneo) usually due to misuse of Doraemon's gadgets like the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese). Shizuka's skirt is also frequently seen getting flipped, either by Nobita misusing Doraemon's gadgets, or by the wind. Scenes in which her underwear is seen, or she is seen bathing, have been removed from the dubbed versions, especially in India, Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. Her true passions are sweet potatoes, which she would rather keep to herself out of the knowledge of others, and the violin, in which her playing is just as horrendous as Gian's singing. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly due to her mother's wishes (as she loves violin more), which is sometimes a reason for declining to hang out with friends (but she plays piano better than violin). Shizuka is an animal lover and keeps two pets at home: a dog, who is saved from succumbing to illness by Nobita and Doraemon in one story; and a canary which runs away on multiple occasions and causing Shizuka and Nobita to run around the city chasing her down.

She sometimes fansies some handsome idols on TV. Besides Nobita, Shizuka is also close to her classmate and popular student Dekisugi. Though they consider each other only as friends. Gemini), named Buster in the Cinar dub and Bob in the Speedy dub, usually known by the nickname "Gian" (「ジャイアン」, "Jaian", English: Big G) is a strong and quick-tempered local bully. He also frequently steals other children's stuff (especially Nobita's and Suneo's) under the pretext of "borrowing" them, unless the toy is damaged. He is known for his awful singing voice, though he considers himself a great singer. To prove this, Gian sometimes "invites" others to attend his concerts, under the threat of beatings. His singing is so horrible that, once, Nobita and Doraemon try to mute it in a silent world, his writings of the song lyrics in a board end up having the same effect as when they hear them.Though his voice is terrible in one of the episodes it was shown that a girl liked his singing. In some films, his singing is enhanced to become an effective weapon (as in 'Nobita's Great Adventure in the South Seas'). In some episodes when his voice is recorded and he hears it, he instantly denies it being his voice and threatens to beat up the person who his songs in a very bad way (which is an irony).

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