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TRADITIONS & UTENSILS

  

 

 

  pipa

 

China

A musician playing the pipa, a traditional Chinese four-stringed lute. The musical instrument has a pear-shaped body and a neck with 30 frets. It is held upright and played with both hands. The strings are picked with the right hand, sometimes holding a wooden plectrum, or with several small plectra attached to the fingers.