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Art Illustrating Guqin Melodies
Illustration for the qin melody Zhuang Zhou Meng Die
(Zhuangzi's Butterfly Dream)

A painting by Qian Xiaochun 1
莊周夢蝶圖

錢小純  

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The calligraphic inscription copies the Shen Qi Mi Pu preface to the melody of this name: Zhuangzi, waking from a dream of being a butterfly, wonders if in fact he is actually a butterfly dreaming he is Zhuangzi.

 
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. 錢小純 Qian Xiaochun is a contemporary artist living in Hangzhou. She has often exhibited in China and overseas.

There is also a painting of this theme by "陸治" Lu Zhi (1496 - 1576; Wiki). A copy of this (detail) is included and discussed in an online article by Thomas Christensen.
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