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Xi Shi

Xi Shi lived during the Spring and Autumn period (770-476 B.C.), was regarded as one of the "Four Great Beauties of Ancient China".

In 494 B.C., the King of the State of Yue, Gou Jian surrendered to King Fuchai of the State of Wu. He and his queen worked as servants for three years in Fuchai court. Upon his release, Gou vowed to seek vengeance. A courtier named Wen Zhong presented him a nine-point strategy for conquering Wu. Part of the plan was to offer beautiful women to distract Fuchai. Xi Shi and Cheng Dan, another beauty, sent to Fuchai. Captivated by her song and dance and her extraordinary skill in playing the qin, the Wu King lost his faculty. In order to exhaust the resources of the State of Wu, Xi Shi urged Fuchai to mount war. In 482 B.C., Fuchai army found themselves under attack by his old foes, Yue army. The State of Wu was finally defeated in 478 B.C.

Although Xi Shi was instrumental in the demise of Wu, she was not rewarded for her effort, and was left to drift down stream on a leather raft. However, another version of this story says that Fan Li came to Xi Shi rescue, and together they sailed to a place far away where they lived happily ever after.

 

 

 

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188 X 97 cm , 2004