This object is in the shape of square column. It can be divided into three parts from the bottom up. The bottom is straight line formed and the upper part is a bucket shape, with a slender middle section. The upper end is decorated with square check motif; the upper part is a ram lying down, vividly. There is a perforation below the head of the ram and is wearable. Small columns on the Qin near the lower part of tuning is known as Qin Zhen. In the Warring States Period and Han Period, as the tuning peg of Qinis tiny and short, often in the material of bronze and wood, therefore it is necessary to apply the tuning peg of Qin to adjust on the Qin Zhen. It is written in "Xu Qi Kai Ji" about a love story of human and ghost. Wang Jing Bo in Jin Period was very good at playing the instrument Qin, once he had a crush on a beautiful lady on a small boat, they exchanged love token, his treasured Qin was handed to that lady, when the lady left Wang Jing Bo, she told him the truth that she was actually a lady ghost.When Wang Jing Bo crossed Wu prefecture, he noticed that the lady was the daughter of Liu Hui Ming, and found that Qin. It was such a ancient romantic love story of human and ghost.


  • Title: Gold Qin tuning peg with ram design
  • Location Created: China
  • Provenance: Acquired by Shanghai Guanfu Museum
  • Type: Metalwork
  • Rights: Shanghai Guanfu Museum, China

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