Woman Playing Koto

Artist Unidentified


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Artist Unidentified

Woman Playing Koto

Medium: Color woodblock

Publisher: Shinagawa, Kyoto

Size: 10-5/8 c 15-1/2 inches

Description: The koto was an instrument largely played by male musicians until the 17th and 18th centuries when women started to learn it in greater numbers. Around the turn of the twentieth century, koto lessons were incorporated both in girls’ formal school curricula and in geisha training. It was a popular instrument among the wealthy and was associated with love, romance and one of the desirable traits one looked for in a wife. Here a young women sits, quietly absorbed in her music, perhaps practicing to charm a lover, or maybe just for the pure enjoyment of the art itself.

Stock Number: 31006

Price: $160.00