Fiddle (so u) and bow

about 1975


Object Place: Thailand

Dimensions

Length 64.1 cm, width 12.9 cm, depth 12.4 cm (Length 25 1/4 in., width 5 1/16 in., depth 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1978.1204a-b

Medium or Technique

Coconut, wood, calfskin, ivory

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Coconut-shell body with skin belly; the back pierced carved with figure of Hanuman surrounded by bas relief carving of geometric design. Body pierced by turned hardwood neck. Two dorsally-mounted turned wood tuning pegs. Two silk strings tied to “spike” at lower end. Patch of “rosin” on treble top side of body. Bridge of tightly-rolled cloth, the outer layer (at least) light green. Sliding nut of twisted silk.

Inscription

Printed adhesive label at top of neck: [multiple Thai characters]

Provenance

1978, gift of Visuttichittra Vanichsombat, Bangkok, Thailand, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1986)

Credit Line

Gift of Visuttichittra Vanichsombat