Wakamura workshop

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One of a matching set of three 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 69.271.2 (shamisen), 69.271.3 (koto)

Biwa, Wakamura workshop, Wood, lacquer, gold, white coral?, leather, ivory, Japanese

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