Reminiscent Sounds of Utmost Antiquity 太古遺音

In Combined Qin Tablatures 琴譜合璧
[Ming] Yang Lun [明] 楊掄
[Ming] Wanli ji you [明] 萬曆己酉
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Mus 549.9.9

Click for full-size imagePhilosophy and aesthetics form essential components of Chinese musical traditions. While this page provides illustrated instructions on how to play the qin, the wider context of this tract discusses qin playing in relation to personal cultivation. Contrast the use of the hand here (visible in full-size image) as a practical device with the mnemonic hand shown elsewhere in the exhibition.

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