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Bamboo Flute (Ryuteki), Japan, 20th century

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NMM 7407.  Ryuteki, Japan, late 19th-early 20th century

NMM 7407. Ryuteki, Japan, 20th century. Transverse bamboo flute wrapped in lacquered bark strips. Interior lacquered red. Seven finger holes and enlarged embouchure hole, which facilitates the manipulation of pitch for ornamentation in performance. Its name literally means "dragon flute." Embroidered decoration embedded into left end of flute. Silk-brocade pouch in blue, purple, pink, and tan. Used in the performance of Japanese court music (gagaku). Length: 402 mm. Gift of Lorelyn Fick, Orange City, Iowa, 1999.

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