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Primary Source #7

Two Female Musicians

Terra cotta glazed figurines of female musicians. Mid 7th century

These figures show the meeting of two cultures through the common love of music.
The figure on the right is a Kuchean musician playing a pipa (lute). This instrument originated in Iran and reached China via the Silk Road, becoming popular in the 5th century. The Chinese woman on the left plays a jiegu, a drum that originated in India and was made from skin stretched over a wooden frame. Kuchean music was famed along the Eastern Silk Road and many melodies were played using these two instruments.

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