wikipedia, Roman Charity (Latin Caritas romana; Italian Carità Romana) is the exemplary story of a woman, Pero, who secretly breastfeeds her father, Cimon, after he is incarcerated and sentenced to death by starvation. She is found out by a jailer, but her act of selflessness impresses officials and wins her father's release.
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Breastfeeding scene : Puyi, the last Chinese Emperor with his wet nurse
Extract of The Last Emperor
This movie, released in 1987 is a biopic about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, whose autobiography was the basis for the screenplay written by Mark Peploe and Bernardo Bertolucci (who also directed the movie).
In this movie, the young emperor (probably aged around 10) takes the milk from the breast of his wet nurse.
It is said that Chinese emperors were breastfed until 12.
Below is the video :
The picture on top shows an object that was supposedly where the women who were shortlisted to breastfeed the Chinese emperor had their breasts examined by the royal doctors.
Notice the liberal use of the symbols of power - the dragons on the arm rest, the dragons on the stone structure, the red color behind the platform; all symbol of power in China.
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