Dao De Jing 12
The five colors blind the eye;
The five tones deafen the ear;
The five flavors ruin taste;
Galloping over fields in the hunt make the mind insane;
Rare goods are an impediment along the road.
The sage therefore follows the belly & not the eye,
Putting aside the one in favor of the other.
Translation by John Hayes
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Musicians. Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD). Shanghai Museum. These two lively musicians play a bamboo flute and a plucked instrument. The figure on the right wears an elaborate headdress with three large flowers.
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