Lute; Chikuzen biwa
Wood, shell, bone, silk cordage
95 x 32.5 cm
Japan, Japan, Asia
Four-stringed lute ("Chikuzen biwa") with carved mother-of-pearl design. Has a large, oval sound chest and long neck; made of mulberry and paulownia woods (and bamboo?)
Made circa 1898. Purchased in 1912 by the donor's husband, Mr. Shigeru Shigemura, who played professionally. Ref. to Pitchpipe (1978.051), 1978.051 Li, Audio, 1977.508 Ph.