University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NamePipa
Object Number:51-46-124
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1876
Horn (animal part)
Credit Line:Gift of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1951
Other Number:`76-1300 - Philadelphia Museum of Art Number
L-238-124 - Old Loan Number
C491 - Seder Number


Pipa (Chinese: 琵琶). Pear shaped. Body and neck are light wood. Peg box is darker wood. Four strings. Seven frets nailed to body. Small rectangular string holder nailed to body with strings attached to nails. Small hole below string holder. Peg box with carved top curving back. Spiral grooves on the four tapered pegs. Neck and body are one piece. Pieces of floor tile glued on to front of neck. Front of neck and two strings are missing. Peg box detached. Formerly had ornaments of horn and ivory.

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