Zither (qin) inscribed with the name "Dragon's Moan."

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

  • Material

    Lacquer over wood; pegs and keys of jade; stops inlaid with metal; silk strings. Pegs, keys, and strings are replacements
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 123.2 x 20.9 x 11.2 cm (48 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 4 7/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Provenance

    To 1915
    C. T. Loo (1880-1957), New York, NY obtained in China [1]
    1915 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), gift of C. T. Loo presented to C.L. Freer on Friday, December 31, 1915 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Charles Lang Freer’s diary entry for Friday, December 31, where he reports that “Mr. Loo brought musical instruments,” copy in object file.
    See also letter from C. T. Loo to Charles Lang Freer, undated, copy in object file. Loo writes to Freer: “Our friends in China have heard that you are looking for some antique Ching instruments and so they have bought 2 which I am sending you and hope that you would give us all a great pleasure to accept them as souvenirs from our Chinese friends.” C.L. Freer’s notation on Loo’s letter - “ANSD Jan. 3, 1916” - dates Freer’s response to Loo. The second musical instrument to which Loo refers in his letter is F1915.99.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Virtue and Entertainment: Chinese Music in the Visual Arts (October 1, 2005 to May 29, 2006)
    The Dragon's Moan (February 6 to October 1, 2000)
    Chinese and Japanese Art--Lacquer and Paintings (August 18, 1967 to October 14, 1969)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    C. T. Loo 盧芹齋 (1880-1957)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Musical Instrument
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