12 string instrument; circle and crescent openings at bottom reflected in top inlay at one short end; mother-of-pearl inlay, two birds and moon in clouds at upper surface, sides adorned by birds and plants; underside grain appears to look like oak

Kayagum, 19th century

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Kayagum, a twelve string zither, is related to the Chinese ch'in and the Japanese koto. It is played by plucking the strings with the right hand while depressing the strings for tonal variations with the left hand. Such musical instruments were often elaborately embellished with mother-of-pearl inlay. This kayagum has designs of flying cranes, symbols of longevity, and other auspicious symbols.

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Kayagum (zither) (#910)
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Kayagum
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97.124
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12 string instrument; circle and crescent openings at bottom reflected in top inlay at one short end; mother-of-pearl inlay, two birds and moon in clouds at upper surface, sides adorned by birds and plants; underside grain appears to look like oak