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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
b A whalebone and tortoiseshell tipped Bachi
19.5cm high - SOLD
c A small and delicate ivory Bachi
d A large well patinated whalebone and ivory Bachi
e An unusual and large Bachi of ivory inlaid with tortoiseshell
f A small ivory Bachi with one tortoiseshell tip
g A large ivory Bachi decorated with lacquered ivy leaves and tendrils
h A well patinated old whalebone and tortoiseshell tipped Bachi
i An interesting large Bachi made of Hawksbill tortoiseshell and horn, signed to
the base of the handle
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.