Japanese lacquered gold and silver hira maki-e biwa shape box (kobako).
Japan, Edo period, XIXth century
Length 7,67 in – Width 3,14 in – Heigth 0,7 in
The biwa is a japanese short-necked fretted luth, often used in narrative storrytelling. The biwa is chosen instrument of Benten, goddess of music, eloquence and poetry.