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Qin Bags or Covers
Traditional qin cases
琴囊、琴套 1
Three qin bags, front, side, back      

Artistic representations often show scholars walking along carrying a qin in a silk bag; perhaps even more often the qin is being carried by a "qin servant".2

Cai Wenji and her qin; from the scroll Hujia Shibapai, Scene 11.

Qin bags can be padded and ornate or plain and thin. My own, which were custom made,3 have fine silk on the outside, raw silk for the inner linking and padding in between (foam rubber or silk floss).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. Qin bags or covers
Qin tao is the term I first heard for this, but various names can be found:

Jinnang 錦囊 41485.258 does not mention qin but see under 10 friends of the qin dais
Qin nang 琴囊 21570.104 為貯琴之囊 a bag for storing a qin; gives reference to Ouyang Xiu's poem 六一詩話 Poetic Talk on One of Six.
Qin dai 琴袋 21570.xxx (qin bag)
Qin tao 琴套 21570.xxx (qin cover, sleeve)
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2. Qin servant (琴童 or 琴僮 qin tong)
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3. At Worldwide House in Hong Kong.
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