Shō, Bamboo wood, metal, Japanese

Shō

Period:
Tokugawa
Date:
19th century
Geography:
Japan
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Bamboo wood, metal
Dimensions:
19 × 2 3/4 in. (48.3 × 7 cm)
Classification:
Aerophone-Free Reed-mouth organ
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2957
Not on view
The Japanese mouth organ used in gagaku (court music) descended from the Chinese sheng. The lacquered air chamber is often decorated. Here a spider waits for the next victim to be ensnared in the web.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Florence H. Learned (Mrs. Dwight W. Learned)
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, pp. 120-121, ill.

"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 30-31, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Historical Groups, Gallery 39. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1905, pg. 62.