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Bow for kokyu

This is a bow for a Japanese kokyu, made from a long, tapered piece of wood that curves at the distal end. This type of bow is usually made in separate parts that can be assembled, but it is not clear on this example if the adhesive tape sections hide any joint. A bundle of black horsehair is attached to small eyelets made of metal wire. The bow is tensioned by the player that grasps the horsehair along with the handle.

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  • Repository:Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 931mm; Height: 85mm