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Japanese Fine Antique Lacquered Koto Lute, Rare Violin Size, Meiji, 19th Century

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From our recent Japanese acquisitions trip. Japan fine antique lacquered Maki-e Koto Lute stringed instrument, in a rare violin size, Meiji period 19th century. Includes original wooden storage box and yellow protective cloth. Immediately playable. Dimensions: 24 inches length and 5 inches width and 2.75 inches high Quality: Fine quality with superb lacquered Maki-e detail. Please carefully look at the superb lacquer detail - quite extraordinary. Immediately playable. History of the Japanese Koto The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument derived from the Chinese zheng, and similar to the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese dàn tranh. The koto is the national instrument of Japan. The usual Koto are about 180 centimetres (71 in) length, and made from kiri wood (Paulownia tomentosa). Smaller violin sized kotos are rare. Their strings that are strung over movable bridges along the width of the instrument. Players can adjust the string pitches by moving the bridges before playing. To play the instrument, the strings are plucked using finger picks, otherwise known as plectra, (on thumb, index finger, and or middle finger). Only one. History of Japanese Lacquer Maki-e Maki-e (sprinkled picture) is Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration using a brush. The technique was developed mainly in the Heian period (794–1185) and blossomed in the Edo period (1603–1868). Maki-e objects were initially designed as household items for court nobles; they soon gained more popularity and were adopted by royal families and military leaders as a symbol of power. To create different colours and textures, maki-e artists use a variety of metal powders including gold, silver, copper, brass, lead, aluminum, platinum, and pewter, as well as their alloys. Bamboo tubes and soft brushes of various sizes are used for laying powders and drawing fine lines. As it requires highly skilled craftsmanship to produce a maki-e painting, young artists usually go through many years of training to develop the skills and to ultimately become maki-e masters. Koami Docho (1410–1478) was the first lacquer master linked to specific works. Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity. All our Asian works of art are accompanied by our lifetime guarantee of authenticity.      

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  • Date of Manufacture
    19th Century
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 2.75 in. x W 24 in. x D 5 in.H 6.99 cm x W 60.96 cm x D 12.7 cm
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference Number
    LU1289210436533
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