Musical Instruments

Interlocking copper yatate with flute and drum motif. The lid opening to the inkpot is decorated with the mon of the Tokugawa shoguns - three hollyhock leaves within a circle. (Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum, Tsubame City, Japan)
Japanese lute or biwa made by Naniwa Baitetsu. (Tawara Museum of Art)
Interlocking style yatate with brush cylinder in the form of a flute and the inkpot in the form of a 22-reed shō.  Signed Naniwa Baitetsu (Baitetsu of Ōsaka) on the inside of the inkpot.  The shō was introduced to Japan from China in the Nara period  (710-794) and is one of three primary woodwind instruments in gagaku, ancient imperial court music and dance.  The shō produces sound when the musician exhales and inhales thus allowing long continuous and interrupted music. L. 15.0 cm  (Yatate Kokusai collection)
Yatate in the shape of a shamisen, a three-stringed plucked lute.  (Tawara Museum of Art)