Gagaku Instrument: Biwa

Gagaku Instrument: Biwa
Four-stringed lute
By Ken'i
Kamakura period, 13th century
Gift of Ii Family

The biwa is a four-stringed gagaku instrument, held sideways when played. This is an early example made during the Kamakura period and preserved at Kongoji Temple in Osaka. The maker Ken’i is known to have been active around 1275 to 1278.

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