- Chinese: 瑟 (sè)
The se is a Chinese traditional musical instrument, a heavy 25-string zither often used in Daoist and state ceremonies.
It is rather distinct among East Asian zithers, as it is plucked with two hands, and has multi-colored strings. Five blue strings represent the Azure Dragon of the East, and heaven; five red strings the Vermillion Bird of the South; four yellow strings the element of earth and the center direction; five purple strings; five black strings representing the Dark Warrior of the North; and finally one white string, which goes unplayed, and represents the White Tiger of the West, mourning, and the element of the void.
- Gallery labels, Musical Instruments gallery, Metropolitan Museum.