Remarkable likenesses of Liu Xiangnü

While I don’t think this is intentional at on the part of whomever put together this text, I find it hilarious that in describing its heroine, the narration accounts for the ill-conceived frontispiece illustrations that would grace so many editions of this text.

“A clever illustrator would have difficulty sketching her, her remarkable likeness could not be painted.”
聰明畫工難描畫,奇樣丹青畫不成。 (Liu Xiang baojuan vol.1, 37a)


Ah yes, a remarkable likeness.

Prior to coming upon that illustration during my research, the one below was my favorite. I like to imagine that skeptical gaze as I attempt to write this dissertation chapter about her story.


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