Japanese Lacquered Biwa Shape Box

Japanese lacquered gold and silver hira maki-e biwa shape box (kobako). Back and inside nashi-ji.
Biwa is a japanese short-necked fretted luth, often used narrative storrytelling. The biwa is chosen instrument of Benten, goddess of music, eloquence and poetry.

Japan – Edo
Height 0.79 in – Width 3.15 in – Depth 7.87 in