End-blown flute (shakuhachi)

probably 1930s
Yamaguchi Shiro (Japanese, 1885–1963)


Object Place: Tokyo, Japan

Dimensions

Length 55 cm (21 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2004.130

Medium or Technique

Bamboo

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Asia, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Markings

Two stamps, one on each section, of name [Shiro]

Provenance

By the 1930s, sold by the maker to a wealthy family whose son was studying with him; after their son's death (sometime after World War II), by descent to his family; 2003, sold by a member of the family to an antiques dealer specializing in vintage shakuhachi, Yokohama, Japan; 2003, sold by the antiques dealer to John Singer, Hawaii; 2004, sold by Singer to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 24, 2004)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by William and Deborah Elfers