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O-daiko

Kodenji Hayashi?

Date:
ca. 1873
Geography:
Tohshima?, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Medium:
Wood, metal, cloisonné , hide, silk, padding
Dimensions:
H. of drum 48.3 cm (19 in.), Diam. 55.88 cm (22 in.), H. of stand 73.7 cm (29 in.); Total H. +/- 158 cm, L. of drum +/- 53 cm, Diam. of heads +/- 43 cm
Classification:
Membranophone-double-headed / barrel drum
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1236
  • Description

    O-DAIKO, a barrel drum played in temples, theater orchestras and at festivals. This unusually ornate o-daiko, with its cloisonné stand and body, was made by order of the Japanese government for the Vienna Exposition of 1873, the first in which Japan participated formally as a nation. The drum's cowhide skins, decorated with lacquer-work dragons were never sounded. Instead the drum is a symbol of peace as indicated by the presence of a rooster atop the instrument. An ancient story tells of a drum placed at a village gate to sound an alarm during an attack. As the years passed the drum was never used. Hens and roosters began to live in the drum and this image became an emblem of contentment and peace.
    Possibly made by Hodenji Hayashi,
    Tohshima, Aichi Perfecture, Japan, ca. 1872.
    The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889.
    89.4.1236.

  • Provenance

    L. Bayard Smith.

  • References

    "Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 13, ill.

    Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 84.

    Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 84.



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