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Here are some further related articles and comments:  
雜說
The Four Arts of the Chinese Scholar 1 : qin, qi, shu, and hua 2
  1. A brief introduction to the silk-string zither
  2. Or is it a "lute"?
  3. Website glossary
  4. The guqin work of 1956 led by Zha Fuxi,
    plus his Index of Existing Melodies, part of his Guide
  5. "Elegant Gatherings" (related to the "Four Arts")
  6. An outline of Cecilia Lindquist, Qin (2006)
  7. Curt Sachs on qin
  8. John Blofeld hears a qin in 1930s Beijing
  9. Comments on a 1912 Recording
  10. Several further accounts can be found at the Guqin and its Music,
    on the website of Christopher Evans.
  11. Gagaku; in particular Qin and Togaku
 

Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. The 四藝 four arts, or skills
As well as in folk art, this motif is also found in classical painting. In either case the four arts are (right to left on the ceramic screen here, height 7") : qin, chess [go], calligraphy [books] and painting). These four arts should also be the focus of the idealized Elegant Gatherings.
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2. Small screen showing women engaged in the four arts
In the 1990s I bought this small screen (21 cm high including the frame) in Hanoi, Vietnam. I found it interesting to imagine that it might have been manufactured in Vietnam. However, several years later at a curio shop in Shanghai I found an identical set of four tiles, though there they were in a hangable frame.
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