The Emperor, the Son of Heaven

In dynastic China, central power was embodied in the person of the Emperor. Strong emperors maintained peace and prosperity while controlling factions in central and regional governments. Other emperors were weak, ineffective, or challenged by natural disasters and external threats—or they might be young and easily manipulated.

  1. 1Imperial robe

  2. 2Tapestry of Chicks Waiting to be Fed

  3. 3Tally

  4. 4Tomb figure

  5. 5Gazetteer

  6. TOPICThe Son of Heaven