Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments describes a Qing (ch’ing) as a ‘Lithophone of the Han Chinese, used in state rituals […] made of resonant limestone, marble or jade’; they are designed to be suspended in a frame and struck with a wooden beater; a teqing is a special qing. This example is made from ?slate and is decorated with engraved and coloured characters in red and gold on both sides; there is a single hold drilled to enable it to be suspended in a frame. Note: an instrument of a similar shape to this is described as a Ko-ching in Tsai-Ping Liang, Chinese Musical Instrument & Pictures (pp.15 and 93).
Royal College of Music Museum
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- Measurements:Length: c.444mm.
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