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General information on media materials

We are looking for open content, public domain or free copyright videos, images, sketches and other media that can be used to visualize the history of Chinese Music.

In particular we are looking for

  • Pictures of paintings showing musicians in various dynasties
  • Photos of excavated instruments
  • Photos of the late 19th / early 20th century in China
  • Videos of Chinese folk music
  • Sketches of timelines
  • etc.

Check for example the known public domain sources we have used so far. Please feel free to introduce new sources or sites that offer free content for our project.


Name Website Copyright Examples
The National Museum of China features photographs of excavated pottery and bronze figures. Copyright: Not allowed to be used for commercial purposes: Request for use has been issued via email on March 29th 2013. --Azchael (talk) 03:27, 29 March 2013 (CET)

Restricted use for along with attribution has been allowed. Please see File:Copyright Allowance for National Museum of China.pdf. --Azchael (talk) 09:30, 29 March 2013 (CET)

Tomb figurines showing a troupe of kneeling musicians:

Jing Li Set of bells (13 pieces):

Set of Zhangxin chime bells:

Zheng He bell:

Brick depicting entertainers:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art features a subsection on Music and Art of China Individual photographers are being referred to here: Timeline of Chinese art history:

Photographs of Chinese music instruments:

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