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Art Illustrating Guqin Melodies

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Illustration for Guan Ju (Cry of the Osprey) 關雎圖

This illustration gives a basic introduction to the osprey, with reference to (but not quoting) the poem in the Book of Songs.

It was copied from a modern printing of the Revised illustrations of Plants and Animals in the Mao [edition of the Book of] Poems (毛詩品物圖改 Mōshi himbutsu zukō). This work was compiled by the Japanese Sinologist 岡元鳳 Genpō Oka (1737-1787) of 浪華 Naniwa (Osaka), hence the marks in the text giving the pronunciation in Japanese syllables. I do not know from what this edition was "revised".1

 

 

 
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1. Mōshi himbutsu zukō
In Chinese 毛詩品物圖改 is Mao Shi Pin Wu Tu Gai and the compiler's name pronounced 浪華岡元鳳 Gang Yuanfeng of Langhua. See also further details.
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