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Ch'in (Zither)


Artist Unknown (China)


1634 (dated by inscription)

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G216
Ch'in (Zither), Artist Unknown (China)
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Medium: Musical Instruments | Black and red lacquered wood with jade thumb screws
Size: 47 x 7 x 3 1/2 in. (119.38 x 17.78 x 8.89 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: 17th century, Ming dynasty; Chongzhen period
Inscriptions: Inscriptions Chung Ho: 'Middle harmony'; the number 57; in gilt: Heirloom of the Lu State; and a poem by Ching-i Chu-jen: the moonlight is reflected in the Yangtze, a light breeze blows over clear dew drops. Only in a tranquil place Can one comprehend the feeling of e
Physical Description: seven strings attached to jade feet on back, orange tassels attached to jade tuning pegs on back; 13 gilded circles to the right of strings; symmetrical carved design at bottom; two carved pegs on back near top; scattered blue and gold specks
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton
Accession Number: 96.121
Added to Site: February 28, 2009