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Diao Chan by xephonia Diao Chan by xephonia
Commission for a local card game "Generals Order" base from 三国演義(Romance of the Three Kingdoms). Diao Chan from the 2nd expansion card.

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Diao Chan was one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. She was said to have been born in 161 or 169 AD, depending on the source[1]. However, unlike the other three beauties, she does not appear in any known historical writings, and is quite possibly a fictional character.

Diao Chan appears in the classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms in a plot involving the warrior Lü Bu and the warlord Dong Zhuo. According to historical records, Lü Bu did have relations with a maid of Dong Zhuo's. However, there is no evidence that this person's name was Diaochan. In fact, it is extremely unlikely that it was Diaochan, because "Diāo" was not, and is not, commonly used as a Chinese family name. "Diāochán" likely referred to the sable (diào) tails and jade decorations in the shape of cicadas (chán), which at the time adorned the hats of high-level officials.

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ScarletRubyWolf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
may i use this as a reference for my manga competition? I can't draw humans, one of my very first time seriously drawing humans as humans. (not stick mans now). I've asked my teacher about references & its allowed. May i use this? not completely but just the hair.
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LlikeOaVsinE Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Diao Chan has always been my fave >w<
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ChubbyeBunnye Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I first saw this I thought it reffered to the video dynasty warriors ^^;; I had never heard of the novel befor but it seems to share the same exact history as the game ^.^ though in the game they did make it seem as though the maid was diaochan <3 ....Quiet frankly I enjoy your concept of her more then the actual video game <3
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RiflingSniper Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I saw it on the card... IT LOOKS AWESOME!
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Luckreziah Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Beautiful, i love her
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Elraldocoil Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
I love it it makes her seem like the proper Kingdoms bane
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Stiffy76 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
shes real but no dath date and no cusa of dath
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glossy-virus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
She looks so ELEGANT!!
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Lauramartinelli Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
amazing!
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