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Saung-gauk (harp) and stand

Saung-gauk (harp) and stand

  • Place of origin:

    Rangoon (made)

  • Date:

    3rd quarter 19th century (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

Rangoon (made)


3rd quarter 19th century (made)


Length: 91.5 cm, Height: 96.5 cm with stand

Object history note

Part of a" collection of Musical Instruments, manufactured in Pazoongdoung, the Burmese quarter of the town of Rangoon. Procured by Moung Shway Zo. Thougyee of Pazoondoung". Catalogue of the Indian Court, International Exhibition 1872; p. 178

Historical significance: Traditionally used in chamber music ensembles with the thro (violin); mi-gyaung (crocodile zither) & patala (xylophone) or to accompany vocal presentations.

Descriptive line

Saung-gauk, Burmese boat shaped harp of thirteen strings. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Hollow wood black lacquered and gilded, decorated with thayo (moulded) work resting on a red & black wood stand carved as a boy. ca. 1872

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

International Exhibition, Exhibition Road, London 1872
Indian Court Catalogue; p. 179; Nos. 2678 (3844


South & South East Asia Collection

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