Attributed to Kodenji Hayashi (Japanese, Nagoya 1831–1915)
Tohshima, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Wood, metal, cloisonné, hide, silk, padding
Height (Total): 62 3/16 in. (158 cm)
Diameter: 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Membranophone-double-headed / barrel drum
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
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.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; L. Bayard Smith (1839 or 1842 – 4/19/1916)
"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.