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Haku Ga Shou Shiki@”Œ‰åßŽqŠú
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Ch: Be Ya Zhong Ziqi. A pictorial theme of friendship in Chinese painting. When the Zhou@dynasty musician Be Ya (Jp:Haku Ga ”Œ‰å) played the qin (Jp:kin ‹Õ), his friend Zhong Ziqi (Jp:Shou Shiki ßŽqŠú) was able to understand his deepest thoughts. Upon Shou Shiki 's death, Haku Ga broke his qin (a stringed, zither-like instrument) in despair that there was no one left in the world to whom he could express himself. The theme became a symbol for perfect communication, the ideal communion of minds, between friends. It was long painted by Chinese artists, and, from the Muromachi period, by Japanese artists. The *Kanouha Žë–ì”h artists, beginning with Kanou Motonobu Žë–쌳M (1476-1559), typically depicted one scholar seated, playing his qin, while another looks on intently. The motif is sometimes incorporated into paintings of the Four Accomplishments *kinki shoga ‹ÕŠû‘‰æ.
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