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Yellow Jade Paperweight in the Shape of a Qin Zither

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: yellow jade
Date: undated
Dimensions: length: 12.9 cm, width: 3.2 cm, height: 1.3 cm

The paperweight is made of yellow jade. It is carved into a seven-stringed qin, a zither-like musical instrument, with ten circular tune markers on the outer edge of the upper surface. From this we can see that the craftsman took liberties: in a real instrument the number is typically thirteen. At the bottom of the musical instrument are two sound holes that are legendarily named "phoenix marsh" (feng zhao) and "dragon pond" (long chi).   
  The width of the jade qin is proportionally wider than a real one. Despite the small discrepancies in proportions and details, the jade qin boasts delicate color and a smooth surface that make it a complement to the soft, elegant sound produced by a qin.

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