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).
Artist: Metalwork by Goto Teijo, 9th generation Goto master, Japan (1603–1673)Date: early 17th centuryMedium: Various woods, ivory and tortoiseshell inlays, gold and silver inlays, metalwork, cloth, laquer, paper,Accession: 2007.194a–fOn view in:Not on view