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Pata-la (xylophone)

Pata-la (xylophone)

  • Place of origin:

    Rangoon (made)

  • Date:

    3rd quarter 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

Rangoon (made)


3rd quarter 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques



Length: 81.5 cm, Height: 51 cm, Width: 34.6 mm

Object history note

Part of a "collection of Musical Instruments, manufactured in Pazoondoung, 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 saung-gauk (harp), mi-gyaung (crocodile zither) & thro (violin).

Descriptive line

Pata-la, Burmese carved wooden xylophone.24 bamboo keys slung onto a semi-circular case lacquered black, red and gold. Decorated with dragons, birds and tracery in raised thayo work set with pieces of glass. ca. 1872

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

International Exhibition, Exhibition Road, London 1872
Indian Court Catalogue; p. 179; Nos. 2676 (3842)






South & South East Asia Collection

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