Subject:Re: a portrait of the Chinese emperor
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Nov 29, 2018
The title in bold characters at the top of what looks to be an early-20th century painting reads 遜帝溥儀皇帝 (xun di pu yi huang di) "Emperor Puyi the Abdicated Ruler". Also known as "Henry Puyi", this last Qing emperor ascended to the throne in December 1908 under the reign title Xuantong, and his rule officially ended in February 1912, just after he turned six (if I'm reading Wikipedia correctly). It's hard to say how old he's supposed to be in the picture. He went on to be the puppet emperor over Japanese-controlled Manchuria, and lived out his life in China after World War II. You can get lots of additional information online by querying his name, "Henry Puyi".