古琴 gǔ qín = Chinese zither


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The guqin 古琴 gǔ qín literally "ancient stringed instrument" is the modern name for a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family. It has been played since ancient times, and has traditionally been favored by scholars and literati as an instrument of great subtlety and refinement, as highlighted by the quote "a gentleman does not part with his qin or se without good reason,"as well as being associated with the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius.

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