170 ōtsuzumi

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body: cherrywood; L. 28.0cm
membranes: horse hide with a tuning cord of hemp, Dm. 22.1cm

Before use, the drumheads are heated over a charcoal fire for tightening the membranes. The sound of the instrument is high-pitched. The player wears small fingerstalls on the ring and middle fingers of the right hand. The drumheads, heated every time the instrument is played, are disposable. On the body of this instrument there is a lacquerware painting of some clappers in a rice field. Used in the hayashi ensemble of no,kabuki, nagauta, and folk performing arts.

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