Wang Zhaojun served at the inner palace (gokyu) for Emperor Yuan in the Former Han period. The Emperor decided to offer a woman from the inner palace to the Xiongnu, who threatened the country, as a gift. He chose based on the portraits, and selected Wang Zhaojun, who he considered to be the ugliest. However, although the other women bribed the painters to depict them as beautiful, Wang refused to do this, and so was painted ugly. The Emperor was unwilling to part with her, but she accepted her fate and departed. Her face shows a high elegance brightened by candlelight, which captures her determination.


  • Title: Wang Zhaojun
  • Creator Lifespan: 1884 - 1978
  • Creator Nationality: Japanese
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Kanagawa
  • Creator Birth Place: Tokyo
  • Date Created: 1947
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Year of Production: 昭和22年
  • Physical Dimensions: w55.3 x h88.0 cm
  • Painter: Yasuda Yukihiko
  • Object Title: 王昭君
  • Exhibition History: 再興第32回院展
  • Category: 日本画
  • Artist Name: 安田靫彦
  • Type: Japanese Painting
  • Rights: Adachi Museum of Art, Terms & Conditions
  • External Link: https://www.adachi-museum.or.jp/en/archives/collection/yasuda_yukihiko
  • Medium: color on paper / framed

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