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  • Rattle (shakujo)

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 29.2 cm, width 6.7 cm (Length 11 1/2 in., width 2 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, brass

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2162

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  • Barrel drum (taiko)

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Height 9.2 cm, diameter 19.7 cm (Height 3 5/8 in., diameter 7 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, animal skin

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

    Accession Number

    17.2148

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  • End-blown flute (shakuhachi)

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 58.1 cm, diameter 5.5 cm (Length 22 7/8 in., diameter 2 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.2154

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  • End-blown flute (shakuhachi)

    probably 1930s

    Yamaguchi Shiro (Japanese, 1885–1963 Japanese)

    Description

    Music: Asa Kaze ("Morning Breeze") by Nakao Tozan, 1938 (performed by Mary Ellen Miller)

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55 cm (21 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    2004.130

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  • Transverse flute (ryuteki)

    early 20th century

    Description

    Cylindrical body of dark bamboo wrapped with wisteria bark (?). Wrapped in two upper sections and between the seven finger-holes. Heavily lacquered on inside with red.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 41.4 cm, diameter 2.4 cm (Length 16 5/16 in., diameter 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo, wisteria bark

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.280

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  • Transverse flute (ryuteki)

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 38.2 cm, diameter 2.2 cm (Length 15 1/16 in., diameter 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.2158

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  • Transverse flute (shinobue)

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 46.2 cm, diameter 2.1 cm (Length 18 3/16 in., diameter 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.2080

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  • Oboe (hichiriki)

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 21.8 cm, diameter 2 cm (Length 8 9/16 in., diameter 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo, wood bark

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.2156

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  • Mouth organ (sho)

    1715

    Fujiwara Masaoki (Japanese, active early 18th century Japanese)

    Description

    Wind chamber of gold-lacquered wood, decorated with chrysanthemum blossoms. Short, elliptical mouthpiece, covered at end with plate of silver. Seventeen pipes of bamboo, three with finials of silver, all held in place by ring of silver.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 49.5 cm, diameter 7.2 cm (Height 19 1/2 in., diameter 2 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, bamboo, silver, lacquer

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    2002.136

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  • Deer call (ippaki ni)

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 9 cm, width 7 cm, depth 1.6 cm (Length 3 9/16 in., width 2 3/4 in., depth 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, animal skin

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.2157

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  • Shell trumpet (hora)

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 38.5 cm, width 21 cm, depth 14 cm (Length 15 3/16 in., width 8 1/4 in., depth 5 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Seashell, silk cord

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.2161

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  • Zither (koto)

    19th century

    Description

    Music: Rokudan no Shirabe ("Composition in Six Movements") by Yatsuhashi Kengyo, mid-1600s (performed by Ayakano Cathleen Read on a koto made by Yoshida, Tokyo, 1974)

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 190.9 cm, width 25 cm, height 15.7 cm (Length 75 3/16 in in., width 9 13/16 in., height 6 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Paulownia and other woods, lacquer work, tortoiseshell, ivory, silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2005.212

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  • Zither (koto)

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 162.4 cm, width 24.2 cm, height 7.3 cm (Length 63 15/16 in., width 9 1/2 in., height 2 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Paulownia wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.2149

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  • Miniature zither (koto)

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 53.8 cm, width 11.2 cm, height 8 cm (Length 21 3/16 in., width 4 7/16 in., height 3 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Kiri wood, tortoiseshell, ivory, silver

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.2150

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  • Zither (nigenkin)

    late 19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 109 cm, width 12.4 cm, depth 4.5 cm (Length 42 15/16 in., width 4 7/8 in., depth 1 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.2159

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  • Lute (biwa)

    19th century

    Description

    Probably a gakubiwa.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 105 cm, width 40.3 cm, depth 7 cm (Length 41 5/16 in., width 15 7/8 in., depth 2 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Shitan wood, leather

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2005.204

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  • Lute (shamisen) and plectrum (bachi)

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 98 cm, width 22.2 cm, depth 9.8 cm (Length 38 9/16 in., width 8 3/4 in., depth 3 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Shitan wood, cat skin

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.2152a-b

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  • Lute (shamisen) and plectrum

    before 1820

    Description

    Lacquerd hardwood body; neck and pegboard carved from one solid piece. Sides of body, base of neck, and back of pegboard decorated with various outdoor scences. At bottom of the body is metal plate in figure of boat, around which woven silk tailpiece is hooked. Belly and back of catskin. Includes tortoiseshell plectrum, cloth cover, and original hardwood case with various inscriptions.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 96 cm, width 19.4 cm, depth 8.8 cm (Length 37 13/16 in., width 7 5/8 in., depth 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Persimmon wood, shitan wood, cat skin, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1992.62a-b

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  • Plectrum (bachi) for lute (shamisen)

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 21.2 cm, width 8.2 cm, thickness 2.2 cm (Length 8 3/8 in., width 3 1/4 in., thickness 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Accessories

    Accession Number

    1992.8

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  • Fiddle (kokyu) and bow

    19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Length 67.7 cm, width 14.1 cm, depth 6.7 cm (Length 26 5/8 in., width 5 9/16 in., depth 2 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Red sandalwood, cat skin, lacquer work

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.2151a-b

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