Six Japanese Bachi of Carved Ivory, Whalebone, Tortoiseshell and Rosewood
Six Japanese Bachi of Carved Ivory, Whalebone, Tortoiseshell and Rosewood

Six Japanese Bachi of Carved Ivory, Whalebone, Tortoiseshell and Rosewood

1800 to 1900 Japan

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A Collection of Six Japanese Bachi of Carved Ivory, Whalebone, Tortoiseshell and Rosewood
Old smooth silky patina
19th Century

Sizes: 25.5cm long – 10 ins long (max) / 19.5cm long – 7¾ ins long (min)
(sizes)
a
A carved ivory bachi of slender elegant form
20.5cm long – 8¼ ins long

b
A carved bachi with ivory and rosewood handle
21.5cm long – 8½ ins long

c
An ivory bachi with tortoiseshell tips
19.5cm long – 7¾ ins long

d
A small carved ivory bachi
20cm long – 8 ins long

e
A large carved ivory bachi
24cm long – 9½ ins long

f
A substantial Bachi carved from aged whalebone and ivory – fine patina
25cm long – 9¾ ins long
Provenance: Ex Private Japanese collection
See Finch & Co catalogue no.13, item no.61, and catalogue no.14, item no.5, for other examples
Japanese Bachi are refined plectrum that have been used to play a traditional musical instrument called the Samsien since the 16th century. It is one of Japan’s most popular classical instruments and resembles a three-stringed, plucked lute. It is the principal instrument of the Kabuki theatre and is frequently used as an accompaniment by Geisha to songs. Carved in imitation of a Ginko tree leaf, the Bachi strikes the string on the Samsien just below the position where the neck joins the body of the instrument.

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Ivory, Whalebone, Tortoiseshell and Rosewood
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