OLD JAPANESE BIWA LUTE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT Needs Work

Old Japanese BiwaLute Musical Instrument Age unknown, but this style is seen range from early to mid 20th century

Ivory details Japanese writing on internal mortise and tenon part of neck (shown) Last picture shows another old musical instrument up for auction U.S. BUYERS ONLY:
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This old instrument measures 37" tall by 12" wide. Pieces are missing from the fret, and t are some dents and scuff around edges. Only 2 strings attached to handles that insert into holes at top vertical section. Type of wood is unknown; wood on rounded area has texture and looks like burl; different grain pattern on back. Needs clean-up and would at the very least make a nice decorative part of the decor of a room.

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Some background of the instrument: "The biwa is the Japanese teardrop lute used in court music or to accompany epic poems. The biwa originated from the Chinese pipa and came to Japan as a gift from the Chinese Tang court (618-907 AD). These original Chinese instruments are still preserved at the Shoso-in Imperial Repository in Nara, Japan. With either four or five strings, t are five main varieties of biwa, each with its own history, function, shape, and techniques. These are the Gaku biwa used in Gagaku or court music, the Moso biwa used by blind monks, the Satsuma biwa originally used by samurai, the Heike biwa used for reciting the epic poem of Heike, and the Chikusen biwa, which is the most modern and common. The Moso biwa style has effectively disappeared."

LAST PICTURE SHOWS ANOTHER OLD MUSICAL INSTRUMENT UP FOR AUCTION

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