character analysis, chinese history, cultural practices, destiny, face reading, ming dynasty, physiognomy, prediction, yuan gong

Master of Destiny: Yuan Gong and the Art of Ming Dynasty Physiognomy

Yuan Gong, a remarkable figure from the Ming Dynasty, authored the extraordinary book on physiognomy, Liu Zhuang’s Methods of Physiognomy. His technique primarily involved observing a person’s complexion to predict their future. Yuan Gong, also known by his courtesy name Tingyu, hailed from Yin County (now Ningbo). He was known as the Scholar of Liu ...

Mikel Davis

Illustration of a Chinese official sitting to have a face reading performed.