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Who was a fan of nine-inch nails in 1903?

China's Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908). While posing for a series of photographic portraits in 1903 and 1904, she adorned her hands with long, gold-filigreed fingernail covers.They were traditionally worn in the Qing court, as were her “horse-hoof” shoes.

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