Old Zither

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What does this mean? (Chinese)?

My mother got me these paperweights and I am curious what they say.

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/5900/whatdoesthissayet4.jpg

名画要如诗句读,古琴兼作水声听
A great drawing must be read like a poem,
A great zither must be listened to like the sound of flowing water.

The couplet has to be intepreted as great not old or famous because of symmetry required in a couplet. The couplet is comparing a drawing and zither, read and listen.

If you take the translation too literally, a famous painting or an old zither, you lose all meaning. The author of the couple is trying to describe how good things should be appreciated.

A famous (for being good) painting = a good painting
An old zither (old as in fine) = a good zither

Context my good man, context.

It's a couplet from the manchu calligrapher 启功

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qigong_(artist)

PS 启功 is a manchu of the Aisin-Gioro clan. The old royal family of the manchu that ruled china in the Qing dynasty.

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