Inkstone in the Form of a Koto

Stoneware with underglaze iron decoration (shino ware, mino type) | 4.4 x 19.2 x 7cm | 1600s

Unknown Artist

This hollow ink stone shaped like a musical instrument called a koto reflects the witty idea that music can inspire writing. The koto's string and bridge were incised into the clay and then painted with underglaze iron pigment.

Credit: Gift...
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