Pipa. A pear-shaped plucked stringed instrument with rounded back integral with the neck. Of light coloured wood, except as otherwise stated. The neck surmounted by a backward turned peg-box of darker wood for four fluted hexagonal pegs, the ends inlaid with darker wood. Four arched frets of black wood on neck. Ten triangular frets of light wood on table. A carved pictorial ivory plate at each end of neck. The tail-piece of well shaped darker brown wood with an ivory facing and eyeleting. Single leaf design stamped on middle of table. Lacks three strings,two frets and finial of head. Otherwise generally in very good condition.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: