Gagaku Instrument: Komabue

Gagaku Instrument: Komabue
Edo period, 18th century
Gift of Ii Family

The komabue is a side-blown bamboo flute used for a type of gagaku referred to as komagaku. The storage case is decorated with gourd flowers, an ox-cart and a wooden-bladed folding fan, which are motifs drawn from the chapter “Yugao” in The Tale of Genji. Such references to classic literature were common in old Japanese works of art.

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