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Antique Japanese Koto (Stringed Instrument) w/ Inlay

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1920: Item # 1323172
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5757 Horton Street
Emeryville, CA 94608

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Antique Japanese stringed instrument called a koto, with a black lacquer box lined in fabric with floral motif and a cherry blossom crest in gilt lacquer on the lid. It is made from kiri wood (paulownia) and is covered in beautiful, intricate inlay of coral, mother of pearl, and shells in the forms of various flowers and birds. A koto player would kneel before the instrument to play. Special bridges are used on each string to alter the pitch. Size: 4.5" H x 9" W x 70" L