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  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1862 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hollowed wood, thitsi lacquered gilded and painted.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A type of violin with a fiddle shaped sound box and a fan-tailed peacock at the end of a long narrow finger board. Gilded red with red, blue and green decorative scheme on top of the sound box. 3 remaining strings attached to 3 tuning screws.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)


ca. 1862 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Hollowed wood, thitsi lacquered gilded and painted.


Length: 50.5 cm, Width: 12 cm at widest part

Object history note

Historical significance: Traditionally used in chamber music ensembles with the saung gauk (harp), mi-gyaung (crocodile zither) & patala (xylophone).

The peacock was the emblem of the Konbaung Dynasty its use as a decoration would have been reserved for the royal family.
The 1880 Slip Book native name for this musical instrument is a "ta-yaw".

Descriptive line

Burmese bowed stringed instrument.Wood red lacquered and gilded. Konbaung Dyansty (1752-1885). Decorated with a gilded peacock and a blue and green central design. ca. 1862.


Wood; Gut; Thitsi lacquer; Ash; Pigment; Gold leaf


Woodworking; Lacquering; Colouring; Gilding


India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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