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Native NameMokugyo
木魚
Object Number:A664A
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
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
Inscription Language:Japanese Language
Credit Line:Gift of Sarah (Mrs. William D.) Frishmuth, 1900
Other Number:I-213 - Seder
LO-1901-1 - Old Museum Number
85-28-2 - Found in Collection Number

Description

Mokugyo (木魚), 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 a keisu (磬子). The inscription on this drum apears to be a stylized rendering of the characters for "wooden fish".


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Japan Gallery (21 Oct 2012 - 2018) View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012) View Objects in Exhibition
Four Thousand Years of Music (18 May 1950 - Apr 1958) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Possehl, Gregory L., and Ch'eng-mei, Chang, and Peters, Heather, and Lyons, Elizabeth. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 30View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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