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Lute (shamisen) and plectrum (bachi)

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In ink on spike: [stamp] / [three Japanese characters]; paper label on inside of body: [three Japanese characters]; in ink on inside of body and at join of neck: [single Japanese character]


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

19th century

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Length 98 cm, width 22.2 cm, depth 9.8 cm (Length 38 9/16 in., width 8 3/4 in., depth 3 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Shitan wood, cat skin


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones