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Zhuangshi 妝史

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Zhuangshi 妝史 "A History of adornment" is an encylopedia on women compiled by the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Tian Mo 田霡. The 2 juan "scrolls" long book was finsihed in 1725 and included 5 chapters covering all important aspects of the life of women in the traditional upper society. The book quotes from a lot of sources, from the Confucian Classics to histories and miscellaneous writings.

1. 衣服 Yifu Clothes
2. 髮髻 Faji Hairdress
3. 奩飾 Lianshi Jewellery
4. 脂粉 Zhifen Cosmetics
5. 眉唇 Meichun Eyebrows and lips

Source: Zhao Hankun 趙含坤 (ed. 2005), Zhongguo leishu 中國類書 (Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe), p. 401.

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