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Playing the qin for a friend 對友彈琴 1 
       

This scene, painted in 1914 for a friend's birthday, is quite typical except that the qin is resting on a pile of books. Although unusual (especially with the qin pegs resting directly on the top the books instead of hanging over the edge), this could be a quite effective way of playing qin while seated on the ground, assuming there was something to the left holding up that end of the qin.

Compare Playing the Qin for an Ox.

 

 

 

 
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. Playing the qin for a friend 對友彈琴
The characters (zhuan style) in the seal on the painting are "崔芹 Cuī Qín", a painter from Guangzhou, style name 詠秋 Yǒngqiū ("one who praises autumn"); he lived ca. 1841 - 1915. The inscription itself (see closeup) says,

甲寅冬月畫奉
小驤姻太翁 大人七秩壽慶 弟詠秋崔芹敬祝

This says that the painting was presented during a winter month of a jiǎyín year (must be 1914) as a gift by "younger brother" Cui Qin, nicknamed Yongqiu, to a friend on his 70th birthday. (? In 1914 Cui Qin himself would have been over 70; and does the "姻" suggest he is an in-law?)
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