Guo Wei

About Artist: Guo Wei (10 September 904 – 22 February 954 also known by his temple name Taizu was the founding emperor of imperial China's short-lived Later Zhou during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, reigning from 951 until his death. Nicknamed "Sparrow Guo" for a sparrow-shaped tattoo on his neck he rose to high position in the Later Han as an assistant military commissioner. He founded the Later Zhou in 951.When Guo Wei was born in 904 in Yaoshan in modern Longyao County, Hebei), the Tang Dynasty had disintegrated into regions controlled by warlords fighting amongst one other. Guo was just a toddler when his family moved to Taiyuan (in modern Shanxi), as his father Guo Jian became the prefect of Shunzhou modern Shunyi District, Beijing), serving the Taiyuan-based warlord Li Keyong. Shortly afterwards, Guo Jian was killed by warlord Liu Rengong's forces which conquered Shunzhou, and before Guo Wei's deciduous teeth fell off his mother Lady Wang also passed away. Orphaned, the young boy was raised by a distant relative Lady Han.

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