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Zither (qin) inscribed with the name "Dragon's Moan."

Medium:
Lacquer over wood; pegs and keys of jade; stops inlaid with metal; silk strings. Pegs, keys, and strings are replacements.
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 123.2 x 20.9 x 11.2 cm (48 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 4 7/16 in)
Type:
Musical Instrument
Origin:
China
Date:
618-1127
Period:
Tang to Northern Song dynasty
Topic:
Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127)
China
Chinese Art
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1915.100
Rights:
Copyright with museum
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Seven-stringed lute (qin)

Medium:
Lacquer and wood
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 11.1 x 119.1 x 18.9 cm (4 3/8 x 46 7/8 x 7 7/16 in)
Type:
Musical Instrument
Origin:
China
Date:
960-1279
Period:
Song dynasty
Topic:
Song dynasty (960 - 1279)
China
Chinese Art
Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number:
S1987.375
Rights:
Copyright with museum
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Zither

Medium:
Black lacquer over wood core
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 122.8 x 19.6 x 12.7 cm (48 3/8 x 7 11/16 x 5 in)
Type:
Musical Instrument
Origin:
China
Date:
1638
Period:
Ming dynasty
Topic:
Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644)
China
Chinese Art
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1915.99
Rights:
Copyright with museum
Provenance:
To 1915
C.T. Loo (Lu Qinzhai) (1880-1957), New York, NY, to 1915 [1]
From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by C.T. Loo in 1915 [2]
From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
Notes:
[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 669, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
[2] See note 1.
[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
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Zither

Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 118.4 x 19.3 x 11.2 cm (46 5/8 x 7 5/8 x 4 7/16 in)
Type:
Musical Instrument
Origin:
China
Date:
1368-1644
Period:
Ming dynasty
Topic:
Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644)
China
bronze
Chinese Art
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1915.101
Rights:
Copyright with museum
Provenance:
To 1915
Hwang Chung-huei (Huang Zhonghui) (circa 1870- after 1923), to 1915 [1]
From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Hwang Chung-huei, in New York, in 1915 [2]
From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
Notes:
[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 1383, pg. 163, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Curatorial Remarks.
[2] See note 1.
[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
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Musical instrument (qin)

Medium:
Iron, jade and silk thread
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 117 x 18.6 x 10.3 cm (46 1/16 x 7 5/16 x 4 1/16 in)
Type:
Musical Instrument
Origin:
China
Date:
1368-1644
Period:
Ming dynasty
Topic:
Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644)
China
iron
Chinese Art
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1919.83a-b
Rights:
Copyright with museum
Provenance:
To 1919
Seaouke Yue (You Xiaoxi) (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1919 [1]
1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Seaouke Yue in 1919 [2]
From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
Notes:
[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 1462, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
[2] See note 1.
[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
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Seven-stringed zither (Spring Breeze)

Calligrapher:
Wen Zhengming, 1470-1559
Medium:
Lacquered wood, water buffalo horn, mother-of-pearl, and silk strings
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 11 x 18.2 x 124.5 cm (4 5/16 x 7 3/16 x 49 in)
Type:
Musical Instrument
Origin:
China
Date:
1368-1644
Period:
Ming dynasty
Topic:
Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644)
qin
China
wood
mother-of-pearl
Chinese Art
horn
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Shing Yiu Yip
Accession Number:
F1999.8
Rights:
Copyright with museum
Provenance:
Mrs. Chan Wai Fong Yip (died 1969), Hong Kong [1]
To 1999
Dr. Shing Yiu Yip, Hong Kong, by descent, to 1999 [2]
From 1999
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Dr. Shing Yiu Yip in 1999
Notes:
[1] In a letter dated April 22, 1999 (see copy in the object file), Dr. Shing Yiu Yip explains how the objects came to be with his mother, Mrs. Chan Wai Fong Yip: "…they came from her family with several qin players, in Guangzhou, and were given or left to her in Hong Kong before World War II, and so probably acquired in the late 30's, as I could remember them from childhood during the War in Hong Kong" (according to Curatorial Note 4 in the object record).
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