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1,300-year-old guqin -- an imperial wedding dowry from Tang Dynasty

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print
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The "Caifeng Mingqi" seven-stringed guqin, part of the permanent collection of the Zhejiang Provincial Museum [Photo/zhejiangmuseum.com]

Hand-made by guqin master Lei Wei in 714, the afterglow-style "Caifeng Mingqi" stringed guqin was an imperial wedding dowry. It is now a precious treasure of the Zhejiang Provincial Museum.

With a coating of vermillion lacquer, the long zither got its lyrical name comes from the ever-changing glow of the sunset and the consonant cry of a phoenix.

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