Ming qi

Ming qi = Bright Vessel refers to tomb items such as ritual vessels, musical instruments, weapons, and statuary buried for use by the dead. These objects, though seeming to be the same as those used by the living, are made imperfect in some way and are thus transformed or `opened´ into the presence of the spirits. (See Machine for Contacting the Dead). http://www.elision.org.au/repertoire/notes/19852.html