Kotsuzumi (小鼓)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

The kotsuzumi is a small, portable drum used in Nō, nagauta (dance music), geza (off-stage Kabuki theater music), and traditional folk music. The left hand holds the kotsuzumi up to the right shoulder and squeezes the rope, while the right hand strikes the head in various ways.

Kotsuzumi (小鼓), Wood, horsehide, cord, Japanese

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