Gagaku Instrument: Shoko

Gagaku Instrument: Shoko
Bronz gong
Kamakura period, dated 1304
Gift of Ii Family

The shoko is a dish-shaped percussion instrument, which is hung from a stand and played with wooden drumsticks held in each hand. This example had been preserved at Yakushiji Temple in Nara. The mei signature on the side gives the date of production, making it a very rare dated example.

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