Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Han Koto

Maker:
Wakamura workshop
Date:
ca. 1891
Geography:
Kyoto, Japan
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Paulownia wood, lacquer, red coral
Dimensions:
L. 120.5 cm (47-7/16 in.); W. 21.6 cm (8-1/2 in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither-plucked-long zither
Credit Line:
Gift of the Estate of Mary Flagler Cary, 1969
Accession Number:
69.271.3 a,b
Not on view
One of a matching set of 3 stringed instruments that are decorated with a laquered design showing roosters and flowers. The biwa and shamisen (called samisen in Kyoto and Osaka) both use triangular-shaped plectrum, called bachi, while the koto is plucked with picks (tsumi) worn on the fingers. These instruments were not intended to be played, but were probably made as decorative gifts.
See also 69.27.1 (biwa) and 69.271.2 (shamisen).
Mary Flagler Cary
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