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Koto

Maker:
Tōshichi, Asano 浅野藤七
Period:
Meiji period (1868-1912)
Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Kyoto, Japan
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Paulownia wood, metal strings
Dimensions:
H. 20 in.; W. 9-1/2 in.; Thickness 2 in.
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1549
Not on view
A zither of falcon shape with European-style tuning pegs, keys and wire strings. Tohichi Asano of Kyoto made this paulonia-wood instrument either as an experiment or for trade.
Decorative instruments may serve as trade items, as miniaturized maker's models, or as symbols with extramusical meanings.
Marking: Kyoto city, Manjuji Street, Tominokoji Street, East of Majujio-dori, serious musical instrument store, Asano Tohichi, manufactured good." -- Raoul Birnbaum (trans.) 1976
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Florence H. Learned (Mrs. Dwight W. Learned)
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 31.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 31.



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