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I was given the following scroll

Scroll

and would like a translation before I keep it up on my wall. I believe it says “䤛膳琴心” but I’m not sure. Moreover, I’m not familiar with this idiom and don’t know what it means (assuming those are the characters).

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    "剑胆琴心", 比喻既有情致,又有胆识(旧小说多用来形容能文能武的才子)。
    – dan
    Commented Jul 29, 2018 at 4:20
  • 劍(剑)膽琴心 note that 剑 is written in simplified style. Commented Jul 29, 2018 at 5:09
  • bkrs,:courage of a warrior and the soul of a musician; the gall-bladder of a sword and the heart of a lute iciba: 琴心剑胆 have the soul of a musician and the courage of a warrior
    – user6065
    Commented Jul 29, 2018 at 5:44

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剑膽琴心(膽:Traditional Chinese,=胆) 德峰书

剑胆琴心/劍膽琴心:courage of a warrior and the soul of a musician; the gall-bladder of a sword and the heart of a lute.

This kind of work is used to describe and praise the people (especially the original owner or the author himself) who has both brave and lofty temperament/taste. It's something like 文武双全/文武雙全.

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