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Qidiaozi 漆雕子 "Master Qidiao"


The Qidiaozi 漆雕子 "Master Qidiao" was a Confucian treatise written by a certain Master Qidiao 漆雕. The imperial bibliography Yiwenzhi 藝文志 in the official dynastic history Hanshu 漢書 says that the book was 13 chapters long and remarks that Master Qidiao was a disciple of Confucius 孔子 and a descendant of Qidiao Qi 漆雕啟. The book was already lost at that time. Among the disciples of Confucius, several persons with the family name Qidiao are to be found, like Qidiao Kai 漆雕開 (i.e. Qidiao Qi) or Qidiao Duo 漆雕哆. The family of Qidiao came from the state of Lu 魯 and was famous for their expertise in ritual matters. The author of the Qidiaozi might have been Qidiao Ping 漆雕憑. The Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Ma Guohan 馬國翰 has collected statements about Master Qidiao from the books Hanfeizi 韓非子, Shuoyuan 說苑, Lunheng 論衡 and Kongzi jiayu 孔子家語 and compiled five paragraphs that are to be found in his collectaneum Yuhan shanfang jiyi shu 玉函山房輯佚書.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1606. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.

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