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Mi-gyaung (crocodile zither)

Mi-gyaung (crocodile zither)

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    3rd quarter 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, carved and polished.

  • Museum number:

    395-1871

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

In the form of a crocodile known as a Mon Harp, with carved head, feet and conventional ornament. Eyes with glass inserts (1 now missing).
Strung with 5 strings (now 3 and broken) from a plate at the end nearest the crocodile's head stretching along the back through a pierced bridge, placed over the beginning of the tail, down to the 5 turning screws (1 missing) fitted on shaped brass plates on either side.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

3rd quarter 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, carved and polished.

Dimensions

Length: 131 cm, Width: 15.2 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Traditionally used in chamber music ensembles with the saung-gauk (harp); thro (violin type) & patala (xylophone).

Descriptive line

Burmese carved wood 5 string mi-gyaung (crocodile zither) or Mon Harp. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). ca. 3rd quarter of 19th century.

Materials

Wood; Glass

Techniques

Carving; Polishing

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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