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Temple Drum

Native Name:
Mokugyo
Object Number:
85-28-2
Current Location:
Culture:
Japanese
Provenience:
Japan
Date Made:
19th Century
Early Date:
1800
Late Date:
1899
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Wood
Lacquer
Paint
Technique:
Carved
Lacquered
Painted
Iconography:
Fish
Description:
Mokugyo, wooden lacquered "fish" drum. The long hours of required meditation in Zen temples and monasteries were punctuated by chanting accompanied by striking the Mokugyo. The drum was placed on a large ornamental cushion, flat on one side. It was usualy paired with a large metal bell called keisu. The inscription on this drum apears to be a stylized rendering of the characters for "wooden fish".
Credit Line:
Found in Collection
Other Number:
I-664   -   Seder
LO-1901-1   -   Old Museum Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
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Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 30
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