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The Concubine by © Janis Zroback

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The term concubinage comes from the Latin prefix com-, which means “with,” and cubara, “to lie down.”
Both the Ancient Greeks and Romans had concubines, and concubinage also appears in the Christian Bible.
These lesser wives were also widely found in Asia and the Middle East, and concubinal relationships can still be found in some of these regions, although they may be restricted by law.
In ancient China only men of high social status had concubines.
Additional wives required more wealth, especially since a well-outfitted concubine elevates a man’s social status, while an obviously neglected concubine would reflect poorly upon him.
Many concubines had their own homes along with numerous valuable possessions including elegant clothing and jewelry.
Although these women did not enjoy the high status of the first wife of the household, they were still figures of respect, and major life events like childbirth and death were celebrated with lavish ceremonies..
Becoming a concubine might not seem like a very appealing career path, but successful concubines became extremely rich, and were able to use their position to promote the interests of their own family.
In the classic of Chinese literature ‘The Dream of the Red Chamber’, three generations of the Jia family are supported by one favourite concubine of the Emperor.
China’s millennia-old culture of men keeping concubines is back, with many communist party and government officials now keeping at least one “second wife” as a status symbol
.Various online sources…

Pastel and Charcoal on St Armand Paper

Live every minute of your life as if it were recorded so that when you remember it, it will be worth remembering…JZ..

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    © Janis Zrobackalmost 4 years ago

  • salena
    salenaalmost 4 years ago

    She looks so serene – almos zen-like! Very lovely

  • Thank you so much Salena…I really appreciate it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago

    wonderful colours in this work her look is veryn serene non the outside but also all knowing from within to me !Janis well done !liz

  • Thank you so much for the lovely comment Liz…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • maggie326
    maggie326almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Janis.. lovely use of colors

  • Thank you so much Maggie…I’m glad you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

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    WhiteDove Stud...almost 4 years ago

    oh ..the expression on her face seems to tell the story……

  • That it does…thanks so much….

    – © Janis Zroback

    GEORGE SANDERSONalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely !
    another great portrait for the series, and some great info, too !

  • Thank you so much George….very nice of you….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergeralmost 4 years ago

    Lovely addition Janis! Beautifully done…for me she seems to be expressing a combination of sadness, anger, and pride.

  • yes…all those things as you can imagine would be part of her feelings considering who she was…thank you so much Cathy…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • DuranDuran
    DuranDuranalmost 4 years ago
    Excellent work my friend.She is so beautiful.


  • Thank you so much Michael….very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 4 years ago

  • sky   princess
    sky princessalmost 4 years ago
    Great work..
  • Thank you so much…I really appreciate it….

    – © Janis Zroback

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