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End-blown flute (shakuhachi)

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Music: Asa Kaze ("Morning Breeze") by Nakao Tozan, 1938 (performed by Mary Ellen Miller)


Two stamps, one on each section, of name [Shiro]


By the 1930s, sold by the maker to a wealthy family whose son was studying with him; after their son's death (sometime after World War II), by descent to his family; 2003, sold by a member of the family to an antiques dealer specializing in vintage shakuhachi, Yokohama, Japan; 2003, sold by the antiques dealer to John Singer, Hawaii; 2004, sold by Singer to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 24, 2004)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by William and Deborah Elfers

probably 1930s

Object Place

Tokyo, Japan


Length 55 cm (21 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones