Pipa (琵琶 )

Wood, ivory, bone, gut | 94.2 x 22.5 x 4.7cm | 19th century

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The term pipa has been known since the 3rd century B.C. It originally described the playing motion of the right hand: p'i, "to play forward" (left), and p'a, "to play backward" (right). In addition to its use in the opera and in story telling ensembl...
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