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Mokugyo

Date:
ca. 1800–1889
Geography:
Japan
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
Body: L. 24 in.; W. 8 in.; Beater: L. 19 in.
Classification:
Idiophone-Struck-slit drum
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1711
Not on view
Small hand-held mokugyos (slit drums), and large ones resting on cushions, are used to accompany chants (sutras) in Taoist and Buddhist ceremonies. Some possess handles and are in the form stylized fish, which hold in their mouths a ball, symbol of the universe. Having no eyelids, the fish symbolizes wakeful attention and vigilance in devotion. This less abstracted version is meant to be suspended.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; [ Japanese Trading Co., New York ]
The Musical Menagerie: A Selection of Musical Instruments from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, pg. 3, ill.

"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 14-15, ill.

Pleasing Eye and Ear Alike. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1971, Vol. XXX, No. 2, pg. 70-71, ill.

"The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Its Origin and Development." Metropolitan Museum Journal (1970), vol. 3, pg. 349, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 37, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 37, ill.



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