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Seven-string Guqin (ancient piano) inscribed with Chinese Characters“独幽 (Solitude)” of Tang Dynasty
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is one of the few ancient pianos of the Tang Dynasty that are found today. It is identified as one of the three types of Guqin of the Tang Dynasty by experts in the Guqin community. In terms of sound quality, craftsmanship and historical value, this object is a precious treasure. Later, the Guqin had been collected by famous historical figures, such as Xian Yushu, a famous calligrapher and poet of the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368), Wang Chuanshan, the influential thinker of the late Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) and the early Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), and Li Jingzhen, a Hunanese pianist of the Republic of China. Famous modern pianist Yang Zongji acclaimed this object as a “priceless treasure”.

History of the Object
At the back of the ancient piano is inscribed with two Chinese characters “独幽 (Solitude)”, hence the name of this object. Four Chinese characters in the front denote the exact year when it was made, which was 827 when Emperor Wenzong of the Tang Dynasty was in power.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
The front layer of the Guqin is made of paulownia wood and the back layer of ovate catalpa wood. Other parts are made of hardwood. 
Measurements
general length: 120.4cm, Width at the Top: 20cm, Width at the Middle, 21cm, and Width at the Bottom: 15cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 9th century ~ AD 9th century 
Creation date
9th Century; 827; Reign of Emperor Wenzong of the Tang Dynasty 
Function
Used to perform music 
Acquisition
Collected by the Hunan Cultural Relics Management Committee in 1963 and later assigned to the Hunan Provincial Museum. 
Copyright
Hunan Provincial Museum Copyright 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Credit line
http://www.hnmuseum.com/hnmuseum/eng 
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