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Paintings by Taoist Tie Guan

"Tie Guan Tu" was arranged by varies early Ching dynasty (1644-1911) Kunqu artists from different plays about the bandit leader Li Zicheng's overthrow of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

Ci Hu (Killing the Tiger General)


After the bandit leader, Li Zicheng, occupies the imperial palace, Fei Zhener, a court lady from the fallen empire, wishes to avenge her late emperor. Pretending to be the princess, Zhener presents herself to Li Zicheng and awaits the opportunity to kill him. However, Li Zicheng bestows her on his favorite general Li Gu, the Tiger. Zhener has no alternative but to plan on killing the General. On her wedding night she manages to get him drunk. After dismissing the maids she kills the General with his sword, and cuts her own throat.

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