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Japanese Meiji Han Koto with Maki-e Lacquer Decoration

$ 8,200
  • Description
    A rare Japanese Koto made from carved Paulownia wood and lavishly decorated with lacquer Maki-e circa late 19th century of Meiji Period (1868-1912). The facade of the stringed instrument features beautiful gold takamaki-e and hiramaki-e decoration. The image showcases a pair of peacocks with splendid plumage perched on rocks by a stream among flowering peonies below flying butterflies. Radan (mother-of-pearl) inlays were used to highlight the tails feathers of the peacock. The ends of koro are decorated with chrysanthemum blossoms inlaid with jade colored hardstone.
    For similar koto dated in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see accession number 69.271.3.
    The Koto is considered the national instrument of Japan. It originated from the Chinese Guzheng but developed its own tradition in Japan since the 8th century. It was traditionally played as a form of entertainment in the imperial courts. Traditionally made of paulownia wood and set with thirteen strings played by being plucked with three fingerpicks, tsume, worn on the first three fingers of the right hand. The Koto presented here is meticulously and luxuriously detailed with auspicious decoration of peonies and peacocks which represent worldly power and wealth in Japanese culture. Therefore, this koto was likely created as a ceremonial gift, not meant to be played regularly but rather admired for its beauty and symbolism.
  • More Information
    Origin: Japan
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Wood, lacquer, stone
    Condition: Fair. The facade is in fine condition with a few losses of MOP inlays in the peony. Old stable cracks on one sides and bottom; wear with losses to edge to the other side. strings mostly intact and bridges not present. Wood losses on the base.
    Creation Date: late 19th century
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Patterns: Animal/Insects, Asian/Oriental, Handmade
    Incollect Reference #: 582635
  • Dimensions
    W. 9 in; H. 55 in; D. 3.5 in;
    W. 22.86 cm; H. 139.7 cm; D. 8.89 cm;
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