Tsuri’daiko drum and tsuri’shôko gong
Price: € 2.100,00
Rare matching set of high quality fully restored large black lacquer tsuri’daiko 釣り太鼓 (hanging court or shrine drum) and tsuri’shôko 釣鉦鼓 (small hanging court/shrine gong) with gold lacquered details.
On top op both a striking gold lacquered wooden flame with a raised applique of a crest depicting a plum blossom 梅 (ume) in a circle.
In the middle of the large circular frame of the tsuri’daiko hangs a large drum (taiko). Its gold lacquered frame is made of precious solid keyaki wood (Zelkova – “Japanese oak).
Both drum skins are fastened by a row of gold lacquered dome-shaped rivets and are decorated with large black and gold lacquer crests depicting three swirling commas 三ツ巴 (mitsudomoe).
When struck, the drum creates a nice strong and deep sound.
It hangs from a metal hook and is fastened to the sides by purple silk cords ending in large ornamental knots and tassels.
The frame of the tsuri’shôko is equipped with a hanging alloy gong with raised circles. Also fastened by ornamental purple silk cords and tassels.
Both frames are decorated on both sides with the same plum-crest.
The posts are adorned by gold-rimmed stylized flames on each side, transcending into four elegant ‘warabite’-shaped feet.
The frames and feet are detachable, and the drum as well is detachable from the frame.
Both instruments are rarely kept together as a set. They are in a very good restored condition with some traces of age and wear. A great quality seen its age of approx. 100-150 years old(!). Please look at the photos for a condition reference.
Approx. size complete frame tsuri’daiko:
Height 136 cm, Width 73 cm, Depth 62.5 cm.
Diameter 52.5 cm, Depth 18.5 cm.
Approx. size complete frame tsuri’shôko:
Height 100 cm, Width and Depth 42 cm.
Diameter 6.8 cm, Depth 3.2 cm.
Period: Japan – Meiji period (1868-1912).
The tsuri-daiko (kanji: 釣り太鼓; also called gaku-daiko (kanji: 楽太鼓)) is a large Japanese hanging drum. It is used primarily in bugaku orchestra. Bugaku (舞楽, court dance and music) is a Japanese traditional dance that has been performed to select elites, mostly in the Japanese imperial court, for over twelve hundred years. (From Wikipedia)
These type of drums are sometimes found in Shintô shrines as well, which can also be right for this model given the mitsudomoe-crest. Which is a crest closely associated with Shintô shrines.
A shoko is a percussion instrument used in gagaku (Japanese court dance and music), and is the only metal musical instrument used in gagaku.
Shoko in gagaku: The dish-shaped metal part is hit with two sticks to create a sound. When used in concert, it plays the role of producing a steady rhythm. It is also called “gaku-shoko” or “tsurigane-shoko.”
Shoko in Buddhism: Usually, it is hung from a stand called a ka and is hit with a stick called a shumoku to produce sounds. Shoko have been used in Temples in Japan from ancient times, and “Daianji Garan Engi narabini Ruki Shizai Cho” (a document about the origin of Daian-ji Temple and about the assets of the temple) completed in 747 includes descriptions of shoko. It is likely that four shoko were used as a set in olden times. (From Japanese wiki corpus)
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.