A Rare Edo Period Miniature Silver Gilt & Enamel Sho Okimono (Musical instrument) originally used in "Gagaku" Japans Imperial court music. Stunningly crafted this beautiful silver Gilt Sho is decorated with jewel coloured enamels in blue, green & purple within twisted silver wire. This piece i believe was playable but now appears that some pipes may possibly be blocked. The sho is a Japanese free reed musical instrument that was introduced from China during the Nara period(AD 710 to 794).It is descended from the Chinese sheng of the Tang Dynasty era, although the sho tends to be smaller in size. It consists of 17 slender pipes, each of which is fitted in its base with a metal free reed, two of the pipes are silent. The instrument's sound is said to imitate the call of a Phoenix, and it is for this reason that the two silent pipes of the sho are kept as an aesthetic element, making two symmetrical "wings" A truly stunning and Rare piece. It measures approximately 7cm high Weight 37grams Please view the photos carefully as they are a vital part of the description.
The item "A Rare Edo Period Miniature Silver Gilt & Enamel Sh (Mouth Organ) Okimono" is in sale since Monday, February 22, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Japanese\Other Japanese". The seller is "rachael26031" and is located in Matlock.
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