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So Sam Sai

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Thailand
Medium:
Coconut, skin, ivory
Dimensions:
L. 117 cm (46 in.); Diam. of body 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.); L. of bow 71 cm (28 in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.300
  • Description

    The body is made from a halved, triangular-shaped coconut with three bulges on its back. Skin covers the front of the instrument and strings attach to the pegs internally. Played in a vertical position with the spike resting on the ground, it either provides vocal accompaniment, is played solo, or is used in the Thai mahori ensemble, when singers are included.

  • Provenance

    Paris

  • References

    "Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 8, ill.

    Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 46, ill.

    Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 46, ill.



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