JIU XIAO YUN PEI: AN IMPORTANT CONFUCIUS-STYLE LACQUERED GUQIN MING DYNASTY OR EARLIER
- Length 47 1/2 in., 120 cm;
Head width 7 1/2 in., 19 cm;
Tail Width 5 1/2 in., 14 cm;
Thickness 1 3/4 in., 4.5 cm
‘Shi Shang Liu Quan’ is the name of one of the oldest guqin music scores, written in the Tang dynasty and recorded in various tablatures.
This guqin belonged to Mr. Tsun Yuen Lui (Lu Zhenyuan) who was a student of the Master Cha Fuxi of the Yushan School. Mr. Lui moved to California in the 1950s and became a tutor of Guqin to university students and American enthusiasts. He performed at various venues including Carnegie Hall, New York and made several radio broadcasts and recordings of his music. He was a friend of Zhang Daqian and a collector of his paintings. Mr. Lui always believed that this guqin was of the Song dynasty, and he once performed with it for Zhang at his residence in California, and afterwards, Zhang complimented this ‘Song’ guqin and wrote a short essay for the occasion, in which Zhang described the music as “the breezing sound of wind and the flowing water gurgling (fengsheng xixi, shuisheng zongzong)”.