Bianqing

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Bianqing
Bianqing from Marquis Yi's tomb.jpg
Bianqing from the Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng
Traditional Chinese 編磬
Simplified Chinese 编磬
Korean name
Hangul 편경
Hanja 編磬
Revised Romanization pyeon(-)gyeong
McCune–Reischauer p'yŏn'gyŏng
The pyeongyeong being played for Jongmyo jerye

The bianqing is an ancient Chinese percussion instrument consisting of a set of L-shaped flat stone chimes known as qing, played melodically. The chimes were hung in a wooden frame and struck with a mallet. Along with the bronze bells called bianzhong, they were an important instrument in China's ritual and court music going back to ancient times.

The instrument was imported to Korea, where it is called pyeongyeong. It is still used in Korean court and ritual music.

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