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Gagaku Instrument: So, Named“Sanwa”

Gagaku Instrument: So, Named“Sanwa”
Thirteen-stringed koto or zither
By Priest Raison (b. 1186) of Chogosonshiji Temple,
Mt. Shigisan, Nara
Kamakura period, 13th century
Gift of Ii Family

The so is a 13-stringed instrument originating in China. This very early example dates from the Kamakura period, and was made by Raison (1186 – unknown), a well-known so maker. Although so were commonly made of paulownia, this example appears to use cedar, which provides a valuable point of discussion for the study of early so production.

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