Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Next "Short-sighted" Emperor "近視"皇者风凡 ...

Dragon robe and crown is a sort of costume worn by emperors on the most important occasions in ancient China. Dragon robe refers to the noble dress decorated with rolling dragons while dragon crown is the noble hat.


The dragon embroidered on the robe demonstrates the worship of dragon totem in ancient China, while the shape of the crown (slightly round front and square rear) contains the cultural content of "Round heaven and square earth". The exquisite and graceful dragon robes and crowns preserved in the Palace Museum are an embodiment of supreme dressmaking technique in ancient China. Moreover, they can reflect the aesthetic consciousness in traditional Chinese culture. 

The emperor's words were considered sacred edicts (聖旨), (the Chinese words in the picture below) and his written proclamations "directives from above" (上諭). In theory, the emperor's orders were to be obeyed immediately.


"正大光明" (Chinese words below image) translates to "Open and aboveboard, Without concealment or deception" .... at least in theory ....


"聖旨" or " "directives from above" from the above which really means if you disobey the emperor's orders, you or even your family will be be-headed; and there are no avenues to say otherwise. 

"正大光明" Open and aboveboard, Without concealment or deception. 

To have these 2 words depicted together in the same room is really the biggest irony as where is "Openness and aboveboard" when Obeying the Emperor's orders are the ultimatum. Think of it like this, the entrance to the room says "Openness" "正大光明" which is very inviting but once you walk into and facing the emperor; it says obey me "聖旨".

Today, many societies claim the greatness of the philosophy of "孙子兵法" of "Sun Tzu's art of war" in its application even to the business world, which is all fine; and I myself have read the interprestations several times.

BUT, perhaps the business world have also learned something from this picture of "正大光明" and "聖旨"; as today all marketing products will have the "Great Packaging" in the "Outside" to persuade the customer BUT once you have purchased the product, you are somehow stuck with the "Ugly Truth" of what is Real "Inside" .... 


If you think about it, isn't all POLITICS and POLITICIANS the SAME .... 

On the lighter side of things, for less then $1.50 USD; you can get into an Emperor's robe like this and enjoy a few minutes of it here in a Chinese Restaurant in Melacca China Town.

26 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Really nice Wong.....it's a lovely selfportrait

did you feel like a king ?

Greetings, Joop

Hemera said...

interesting, greetings

Laura.M said...

Un perfecto emperador!!
La última foto es genial:)
Saludos.Laura

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Balaphoto said...

Beatiful pictures!! Congratulations!!!

Frank, Barcelona

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sophie said...

great reflection! nice photos!! regards!!

Anita said...

Tell me..is it you??

you look beautiful..so very charming!!

i love the ancient culture..specially china,japan and total indonesia and asia..i love to read and watch movies from the old time down there..I once was told my quardian was an old chinese warriour,,can you belive it??Thanx for nice post and photo,they are really clear and bright..wish you a very good week!!:))

Bob Bushell said...

A beautiful garment for a handsome fellow. Well taken Wong.

Wersemei said...

Las imágenes hablan por si solas, son realmente muy reales. Saludos!

Luz said...

Wong eres el nuevo emperador de la fotografía !!
el Kimono del emperador es muy bello con esos colores , pareces salido de una película amigo excelente.
Te ves guapísimo !
Reverencias al emperador :)))

Scott said...

They say it's good to be king, or in this case emperor. I do love the colors and splendor here.

Ángel said...

La coronación!!!!, buen momento has captado, el colorido es genial. Me gusta la última toma, parece sacada de als estampas del siglo XIX
Un abrazo

JM said...

What's the feeling? :-) Great outfit and also great information.

Levonne said...

Hi Wong, That was interesting. Do you recall the movie - The Last Emperor ? I remember seeing it so many years ago and feeling transformed in some way by it. I saw China and Chinese people differently after that movie. Media's power huh?

Costea said...

I like the second picture made more sepia.

Life Ramblings said...

great captures and fascinating history. seems like you had a great trip in Malacca.

ρομπερτ said...

A deep bow in respect of your writing !

Please have a wonderful Wednesday.

daily athens

Randy said...

Wonderful post and I love the colors in your photos.

Alexander DeLarge said...

Genius. Loved the tones.

Alex.

Line said...

Exellent, exiting and woonderfull pitcures. Love the motifs!!!Well done!
Line;O)

Patricia said...

Nice pictures! I have been there, and yes, I am wearing the Chinese dress :)
I loved the text, nice thoughts! For me The Art of War is one of the oldest and most successful books I've read about strategy.
Pat

Traveling Hawk said...

I like this post very much, Wong, and your comments. I didn't know the content of those words and I miss the ocasion to dress like an emperor when I was in Beijing. Later on, I have seen on other blogs that it would have been possible. May be I have to visit Malacca:)

Bitch said...

A very handsome emperor..
Love it, Wong!

fufu said...

wow the chicken rice ball restaurant!!! i was there actually last year... :)

MTO Photography said...

This is nice Wong. The colors is fabulous!

pietrzyk said...

Interesting pictures.Greetings Andrzej.