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Art Illustrating Guqin Melodies Listen to a recording of Guanghan Qiu from my CD
Illustration for Guanghan Qiu (Autumn in a Lunar Palace)
A painting by Bai Yunli
廣寒秋圖
白雲立

With Chang E watching, this image relates the legend in which Wu Gang, having offended the gods, must cut down a tree before he will be allowed to return to earth. However, the tree grows back as quickly as he cuts.

In the foreground is another lunar citizen, a three-legged toad called a chan (as in Changong Shengyin: Toadall Sound).