Here is a timeline that we can see some major events happen in the qin history.
After Confucius, There are 4 major arts favored by ancient Chinese literary class, the Qin, follow by the Go (Chinese Chess), Calligraphy and Painting. This 14th century painting by Du Jin, who was active in the middle of the Ming dynasty from around 1465 to 1509, is called "Enjoying Antiquities".
Two ladies in a screened enclosure, one unwrapping a qin and the other preparing a incense burner.
a person charring a large painting scroll and a "weiqi" (Go) game board.
On the top left of this painting, there is some description from the artist:
"Enjoying antiquities was common before, being studied for their high aspiration.
By esteeming shapes and providing names, ritual and music are to be found within them.
A day without ritual and music, and humanity would fall from grace.
To perform and uphold them, this is what I have endeavored. [Signed] Chengju, Du Jin.
--National Taiwan Palace Museum
Bo Ya (伯牙) was a qin player from the Spring and Autumn Period or the Warring States period. He was known by his first name of "Boya", although his surname may have been Yu (俞), thus his complete name is sometimes given as Yu Boya (俞伯牙). The Lute Platform in Hanyang, Wuhan, China was where musician Yu Boya is said to have played. He is associated with the guqin pieces Gao Shan 《高山》 ("high mountains") and Liu Shui 《流水》 ("flowing water").
According to Qin Shi, Liezi said: