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Shō

Period:
Tokugawa
Date:
19th century
Geography:
Japan
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Bamboo wood, metal
Dimensions:
H. 48.3. cm (19 in.); Diam. 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Free Reed-mouth organ
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2957
Not on view
The Japanese mouth organ used in gagaku (court music) descended from the Chinese sheng. The lacquered air chamber is often decorated. Here a spider waits for the next victim to be ensnared in the web.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Florence H. Learned (Mrs. Dwight W. Learned)
"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 30-31, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Historical Groups, Gallery 39. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1905, pg. 62.



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