Mizutani Kakumu (professional name: Fujiwara Mitsukazu or Kowa)
Wood, silk strings
L. 190 x W. 23.5 tapering to 15.2 (75 x 9-1/4 in tapering to 6 in.)
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
The wagon, or yamato-goto, is employed in mi-kagura, the formal imperial Shinto music, to accompany song and male dance. Considered Japan's only indigenous string instrument, this zither's unusual features include bridges make of forked maple twigs and projecting teeth, to which the strings are tied.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Florence H. Learned (Mrs. Dwight W. Learned)
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 27.
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 27.
Artist: Metalwork by Goto Teijo, 9th generation Goto master, Japan (1603–1673)Date: early 17th centuryMedium: Various woods, ivory and tortoiseshell inlays, gold and silver inlays, metalwork, cloth, laquer, paper,Accession: 2007.194a–fOn view in:Not on view