North American Guqin Association
The 1200 year old Tang dynasty qin
Translated by Christopher Evans
The Tang Dynasty qin “Jiu Xiao Huan Pei” is a fuxi style qin made from Chinese fir. The quality of the wood is open, and it is yellow in colour. It is inlaid with hui of freshwater mussel shell, the tuning pegs and feet are finely crafted of white jade, the bridge and nut are of red sandalwood (zitan). The craftsmanship is regular and neat. The body of the instrument is coated with vermillion lacquer containing stone over a deer horn powder base layer, repaired in succeeding dynasties with ink black, lacquer, etc. The entire body of the instrument is covered with cracks (duanwen), predominantly snake belly cracks, interspersed with some cow hair cracks. In the “dragon pool” are characters in the
The sound of this qin is strong and pure. Formerly, it was kept by Shen Maishi, an official of the
Other comparable Tang Dynasty qins kept in China and abroad, publicly or privately, include the “Da Sheng Yi Yin” which was kept at one time in the Forbidden City Museum in Beijing, the “Da Sheng Yi Yin” formerly kept by Beijing qin master Xi Baochen; the “Jiu Xiao Huan Pei” in the Liaoning Museum, the “Tai Gu Yi Yin” in the Liaoning Museum, the “Tai Gu Yi Yin” in the Central Conservatory collection, and the “Kumu Long Yin” in the Freer Gallery in the US.
The value and romance of the guqin must surely attract wide interest from people of all walks of life.
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