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Zheng Wenbao
- Qin Shi Bu #104
鄭文寶 1
琴史補 #104 2

Zheng Wenbao (953 - 1013), style name 仲賢 Zhongxian, was from 汀州寧化 Ninghua in western Fujian. A metropolitan graduate, he held a number of high official positions. He was a skilled poet and seal script calligrapher, and an accomplished qin player.

The information about Zheng Wenbao and his qin teacher Cui Yu3 comes from a book by the monk Wen Ying.4 The book here is called Xu Xiangshan Yelu.5

The original Qinshi Bu essay is as follows.

Zheng Wenbao, style name Zhongxian, studied qin from Cui Yu. 德遵度 {?}. Cui said to 楊大年 Yang Danian (style name of 楊億 Yang Yi, 974 - 1020; 15489.742, a noted poet and member of the Hanlin academy), Zheng Zhongxian 彈琴恐古有之若今則無吾篋中畜琴朴.... .)

 
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. 40513.32; Bio. 1576 (Return)

2. Six lines (Return)

3. 崔諭 Cui Yu: 8405.xxx (Return)

4. Wen Ying 文瑩
Wen Ying (Bio/301), was a Song dynasty monk (僧 also called 釋 shi, Buddhist priest) from Hangzhou, style names 道溫 Daowen and 如晦 Ruhui. At one time he lived at a temple on Xiangshan, near West Lake; later he lived at a temple in 荊州 Jingzhou. He was a gifted poet who liked to collect books. A poem about his qin play is in Folio 19B, #87. He is said to have written a 湘山野錄 Xiangshan Yelu (see below). (Return)

5. Xiangshan Yelu 湘山野錄
The Song dynasty monk Wen Ying (see above) wrote a 湘山野錄 Xiangshan Yelu (18223.5). As for the 續湘山野錄 Continuation of Xiangshan Yelu, details are uncertain. The entry in Qinshu Daquan, Folio 16, #60, has the same information as here, adding some more at the beginning. However there the source there is given simply as Xiangshan Yelu. (Return)

 
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