The history of the taiko drum can be traced as far back as the Jōmon Period (14,000 -300 BCE). Haniwa is a burial mound terracotta figurine. This is a 6th-century example. In antiquity a drum was used primarily for ceremonial purposes, rather than for entertainment.


  • Title: Haniwa: Man playing a drum
  • Date Created: 0501/0600
  • Physical Dimensions: H 58.5 cm
  • Subject Keywords: 和太鼓
  • Type: terracotta, earthenware
  • Rights: Image: TNM Image Archives

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