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    Kotsuzumi Drum and Storage Box

    The kotsuzumi is a percussion instrument shaped much like an hourglass, with a thin middle and two flaring ends. Drumheads of leather mounted on iron rings are fitted on either end with the two drumheads connected by hemp cords. It is held with the left hand, placed on the right shoulder, and struck with the fingers of the right hand. This set is decorated with a spring design of rafts with cherry blossoms in gold maki-e on a black lacquered ground. This kotsuzumi is accompanied by a storage box decorated witha design in maki-e on black lacquer of running water and maple leaves. The design allude to many poems from the Heian period regarding the Tatsuta Riber, famous for the autumn foliage along its banks." - Kawakami Shigeki

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    Children Playing Music (Album of 9 Sketches) by Li Yunzhou

    The images are lively and engaging. Subjects are humorous, yet sensitively done. Style owes something to the Shanghai school of painting. 1) sage and boy gathering mushrooms, 2) itinerant blind musicians, 3) sage with bamboo fishing pole, 4) children playing music, 5) scholar leaning on a rock, 6) children lighting a firecracker, 7) Li Tiekuai, 8) scholars about to write at a low stone table, 9) female zither player. Ink on paper. The condition of the works is poor. To view another image from the album, click on related record below.

  • Thumbnail for Qawwali performance at the Dargah
    Qawwali performance at the Dargah

    A senior singer plays harmonium and leads the qawwali by singing verses praising particular saints. Other singers, like the man sitting next to him in this photo, sing antiphonal or chorus-like responses to each of his verses.

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    Bhajan singing 2

    As noted in the description for Bhajan singing 1, audience members as well as singers are wrapped in woolen shawls enjoying the devotional songs in the winter night air.

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    Anthem--China - People's Republic of China 1949 - present

    Audio clip of the anthem for the People's Republic of China.

  • Thumbnail for Charumera
    Charumera

    A double-reed wooden flute used to create a Chinese mood in Kabuki plays.

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    Biwa

    The four strings are plucked with a large plectrum (shown to the right). Used to accompany the koto.

  • Thumbnail for Da-Daiko
    Da-Daiko

    Large drum used in gagaku.

  • Thumbnail for Seated Musician/Singer
    Seated Musician/Singer

    Seated figure of singer with hands clapping; covered in yellow glaze except for knees which are covered in turquoise paint; old label on bottom from MIA and VA & T. 6 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/2".

  • Thumbnail for Balinese carvings of entwined nagas
    Balinese carvings of entwined nagas

    Probably supports for musical instruments.

  • Thumbnail for Qawwali, impromptu afternoon performance
    Qawwali, impromptu afternoon performance

    A senior qawwali singer is joined by other men to sing qawwals in praise of God, the Prophet, and Sufi saints. This was an impromptu qawwali performed with men who happened to be at the dargah.

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    Gagaku

    The kangen ensmble plays the world's oldest orchestra music. See gagaku, soc000113.

  • Thumbnail for Chijin
    Chijin

    Drum used in folk performances on the Okinawan islands. The sound can be changed by adjusting the tension of the cord that is laced through the hide.

  • Thumbnail for Shakuhachi
    Shakuhachi

    An end-blown bamboo flute that has no reed. Used to accompany folk songs and other traditional music, and also for performances of modern music.

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    Sanshin

    A string instrument almost always used in performance of Okinawan traditional music. Said to be the prototype of the shamisen.

  • Thumbnail for Salmulnori
    Salmulnori

    This is the Korean traditional drumming originally used to keep the farmers spirits up. As time progressed, it was used more and more for other occasions. Seoul, South Korea.

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    Japanese Temple Bell - bell and wood frame

    Shipped from Yokohama to the campus. The bell is inscribed with the following text in both English and Japanese: "Are we not all one family". Weight: 400 lbs; Diameter: 21.6 inches. A wooden ringer hangs on a post of the torii that supports and frames the bell. Library staff ring the bell at the end of each academic year. Location: basement of Beeghly Library. The library construction post-dates the bell and it appears the stairwell nook in which the bell resides, hovering over a very Japanese-looking bed of rocks, was designed specifically for this piece. Although this is not an old bell from a Japanese temple, it is an interesting, finely created example of the craft, showing the perpetuation of this craftmaking skill into the present age. It is a fitting symbol of friendship between the two cultures and typifies the Japanese propensity for spreading the doctrine of peace through traditional symbolic imagery in the post WW II era.

  • Thumbnail for Japanese Temple Bell - angle view
    Japanese Temple Bell - angle view

    Shipped from Yokohama to the campus. The bell is inscribed with the following text in both English and Japanese: "Are we not all one family". Weight: 400 lbs; Diameter: 21.6 inches. A wooden ringer hangs on a post of the torii that supports and frames the bell. Library staff ring the bell at the end of each academic year. Location: basement of Beeghly Library. The library construction post-dates the bell and it appears the stairwell nook in which the bell resides, hovering over a very Japanese-looking bed of rocks, was designed specifically for this piece. Although this is not an old bell from a Japanese temple, it is an interesting, finely created example of the craft, showing the perpetuation of this craftmaking skill into the present age. It is a fitting symbol of friendship between the two cultures and typifies the Japanese propensity for spreading the doctrine of peace through traditional symbolic imagery in the post WW II era.

  • Thumbnail for Balinese carvings of entwined nagas
    Balinese carvings of entwined nagas

    Probably supports for musical instruments.

  • Thumbnail for Qawwali singer, Taj Muhammad
    Qawwali singer, Taj Muhammad

    Taj Muammad, Khuldabad's senior qawwali singer in January 2003, left Khuldabad as a young teen to study and live with a respected qawwali teacher in Bombay. His Khuldabadi family had recognized his gift as he sang with the local qawwali performers as a boy, and so supported his move to Bombay to learn with a master, an ustad. In his sixties, Taj Muhammad was still singing the somber and spirited melodies in a clear voice, praising God, the Prophet, and early Sufi saints.

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    Qawwali singers, Khuldabad

    These local men rolled out a white canvas cloth to create a pure space on this verandah on a cool afternoon in January to sing a qawwali concert for several guests. Qawwali songs inspire listeners to remember the life of the Prophet Muhammad, the lives of early saints of the Chishti order like Nizamuddin Awliya, and the Deccani saints, Zar Zari Zar Baksh and his brother Burhan ud-din, both discisiples of Nizzamuddin Awliya.

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    Binzasara

    Pieces of wood are held together with strings. Hands are placed at the handles, with about a shoulder width between hands. When the hands are brought toward each other, the wooden pieces hit against each other to produce sounds. Used in traditional folk music.

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    Five-stringed musical instrument

    This five-string musical instrument decorated with mother-of-pearl and carved out of sandalwood is one of the items stored at the Shoso-in treasure house of Todai-ji. This is one example of the excellent, handcrafted articles brought to Japan.

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    Mukkuri

    Traditional instrument of the Ainu people of Hokkaido. Sound is made by pulling on strings attached to a thin bamboo board. The mouth is used to add resonance.

  • Thumbnail for Kagura-bue, Ryuteki and Koma-bue
    Kagura-bue, Ryuteki and Koma-bue

    Three side-blown flutes used in gagaku.