Manufacturing Methods for Nohkan and Ryuteki as Clarified by Radiography

Panel Display in the Lobby of the Institute; ( 2009.04 ~ 2009.09 )

Manufacturing Methods for Nohkan and Ryuteki as Clarified by Radiography

Noh is the first type of drama that was formed in Japan. The Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage has placed focus on the study of nohkan (a transverse flute used in Noh) and has been investigating its manufacturing methods by radiography. As a result it was found that, in addition to what had been considered the conventional method for the manufacture of transverse flutes, there were other ways in which nohkan, an instrument having a special structure, was made.

Since its appearance is similar to that of ryuteki (a transverse flute used in gagaku), nohkan was said to have developed from ryuteki.  It was presumed that when ryuteki was broken for some reason, it was remade by inserting a separate tube to hold the broken pieces together, taking care that the damage would not be conspicuous from the outside. But this discovery of other manufacturing methods may change the hitherto held theory.

The Department has also been investigating ryuteki. In 2008, a ryuteki stored inside the body of a statue of Amitabha at Ankokuji, a temple constructed in the Kamakura period, was investigated by radiography.

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