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Early 19th Century
Size: 20.5cm high, 6cm wide – 8 ins high, 2¼ ins wide (max)
The Samsien has its origins in the Chinese 'San Hsien' and came to Japan by way of Okinawa in the middle of the 16th century. On stage Samsien music became a constant feature of the Kabuki theatre and from the mid 17th century it became the principle instrument.