The SHAMISEN is a banjo like instrumant used to accompany Bunraku & Kabuki.
-- Bunraku is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre, founded in Osaka in 1684.
-- Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama.
Did the Designer Get It Wrong ?
The Doorstops shows 4 strings while the Shamisen has 3
Note the number of pegs at the top of the instrument's neck--
The Doorstop has 4 Pegs and the Shamisen has 3 Pegs
(One Peg is used for tensioning an individual string)
This Doorstop is a 3 piece assembly which requires 3 separate molds to make.
The more difficult a doorstop is to mold, the higher the value it will have.
The Geisha is 2 pieces held together with one screw and the base (pillow)
is attached to the Geisha with a screw.