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Art Illustrating Guqin Melodies 聽猗蘭 Listen to Yi Lan, from my CD    /    首頁
Illustrations for Yi Lan (Flourishing Orchid) 猗蘭圖
A painting by Bai Yunli 白雲立                    

The painting at right is based on a scene in a woodblock-illustrated book on the life of Confucius. Note that in early Chinese references the orchid seems to have been valued much more for its smell than for its appearance.

 

There is also the Yilan Cao in 1511 and the You Lan in 1525