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  • Chinese/Japanese: 提筝 (tí zhēng / teisou)

The tí zhēng is a Chinese zither, a stringed musical instrument related to the guzheng, qin, and Japanese koto. Unlike most zithers which are plucked with the fingers, the tizheng is played with a long rod.

Though used in Chinese music as early as the Tang Dynasty, the tizheng had fallen out of standard use, and became quite rare by the Qing Dynasty. Still, it was among the instruments played by Ryukyuan embassies to Edo during the Qing period.


  • Kaneshiro Atsumi 金城厚, "Gakudôji, gakushi, kagakushi - uzagaku wo tsutaeta hitobito" 楽童子・楽師・歌楽師ー御座楽を伝えた人々, in Uzagaku no fukugen ni mukete 御座楽の復元を向けて, Uzagaku fukugen ensô kenkyûkai (2007), 75.