The ideals of beauty have for the most part been derived from male conceptions. One such description comes from China. Though the text comes from a work of literature, called The Romance of the Western Chamber, by Shih-fu Wang (fl. 1295-1307) the content expresses a cultural ideal.

She treads the green moss with hesitation, not on account of her shoes, embroidered with the phoenix, being too small. Her embroidered shoes are only half a span long; her willowy waist, one hand could enfold. Overwhelmed with bashfulness, she refuses to raise her head, and rest it in the pillow embroidered with love-birds. Her golden hair-pins seem to be falling from her locks. The more disarranged her hair becomes, the more beautiful she appears! I will unbutton [her] robe and untie [her] silk girdle. I see her lovely, swelling breast. So exquisite and pure is her full figure, that I'd not know where her loveliness begins!

Source: Wang Shih-fu, The Romance of the Western Chamber, trans., S. I. Hsiung (New York, Columbia, Univeristy Press, 1968): 165-200.

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