Fine Collection of Nine Japanese 'Bachi'
Fine Collection of Nine Japanese 'Bachi'

Fine Collection of Nine Japanese 'Bachi'

1800 to 1900 Japan

Offered by Finch & Co


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A Fine Collection of Nine Japanese 'Bachi'
A refined plectrum that is used to play a musical instrument the Samsien favoured by Japanese Geisha and the Kabuki Theatre
All with superb colour and patination
Circa 1850 – 1900

Size: 25cm high – 9¾ ins high (max) – 19.5cm high – 7¾ ins high (min)

NOTE: second from left has now sold
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 14, item no. 5, for another collection
a A small rosewood and ivory tipped Bachi
20.5cm high

b A whalebone and tortoiseshell tipped Bachi
19.5cm high - SOLD

c A small and delicate ivory Bachi
20cm high

d A large well patinated whalebone and ivory Bachi
23.5cm high

e An unusual and large Bachi of ivory inlaid with tortoiseshell
21cm high

f A small ivory Bachi with one tortoiseshell tip
20cm high

g A large ivory Bachi decorated with lacquered ivy leaves and tendrils
25cm high

h A well patinated old whalebone and tortoiseshell tipped Bachi
21cm high

i An interesting large Bachi made of Hawksbill tortoiseshell and horn, signed to
the base of the handle
21.5cm high

The Bachi is made in imitation of the Ginkgo tree leaf, which is believed to be a most auspicious tree in Japan. The Samsien is a popular classical instrument that is still played in Japan and resembles a three stringed lute. It is used as an accompaniment to traditional songs and is played with a Bachi, which strikes the string just below where the neck of the instrument joins the body.
Ivory, Tortoiseshell, Whalebone, Rosewood and Horn
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