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case for komabue and ryuteki
  • Japan
  • case for komabue and ryuteki, 1670–1720
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood?, lacquer?, foil, bone, silk, carving, dyeing, braiding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 42 x 6.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 16 9/16 x 2 9/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0051.03
Description

Thin walled, long case that has two inner compartments of different sizes for holding the komabue and ryuteki flutes. There is a lid that slips over the end of the case that is attached by a long, braided red or orange silk cord that is knotted near the end and has large tassles at the bottom. The cord loops through three small half circles of bone that is carved to resemble bamboo and are attached to the case and lid. The outside of the case is covered in a speckled orange and gold field, possibly lacquer, and on top of that there are several large birds, identified as peacocks or phoenixes, that have bodies made from thin sheets of gold foil and also a dark gray foil for the details of their heads and wings.