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Mouth organ (sho)
Place of Origin: Japan
Date: approx. 1800-1900
Historical Period: Edo period (1615-1868)-Meiji period (1868-1912)
Materials: Bamboo and metal
Dimensions: L. 21 in x Diam. 3 1/2 in, L. 51.7 cm x Diam. 7.5 cm x 9.3 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Musical Instruments
Object Number: B60M143
On Display: No

Description

Label:

The sho is a kind of mouth organ. It consists of a lacquered wooden cup-shaped body into which seventeen narrow bamboo pipes of varying length, each with a reed inserted in the lower end, are arranged vertically to form a circular cluster. The body serves as a wind chamber. Holding the instrument vertically, the player can produce a series of vibrating ethereal chords by blowing into this chamber through a mouthpiece, and closing certain holes in the pipes.

The wind chamber is decorated with a design of splashing waves.


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Exhibition History: "Later Japanese Lacquers" July 18 - November 15, 1987
Label:

The sho is a kind of mouth organ. It consists of a lacquered wooden cup-shaped body into which seventeen narrow bamboo pipes of varying length, each with a reed inserted in the lower end, are arranged vertically to form a circular cluster. The body serves as a wind chamber. Holding the instrument vertically, the player can produce a series of vibrating ethereal chords by blowing into this chamber through a mouthpiece, and closing certain holes in the pipes.

The wind chamber is decorated with a design of splashing waves.


Exhibition History: "Later Japanese Lacquers" July 18 - November 15, 1987