Fiddle (so u) and bow


Object Place: Thailand


Length 77.4 cm, width 15.4 cm, depth 14.0 cm (Length 30 1/2 in., width 6 1/16 in., depth 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Coconut, wood, calf skin, ivory

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments



Coconut-shell body with skin belly; the back pierced carved with floral design surrounded by bas relief carving of geometric design. Body pierced by turned hardwood neck with ivory rings near top, but white plastic near body. Two dorsally-mounted wood tuning pegs with ivory rings. Two silk strings tied to “spike” at lower end of body. Bridge of tightly-rolled cloth, the outer layer (at least) red. Shadow of “rosin” formerly attached to upper treble side of body. Sliding nut of twisted silk.


1982, accessioned as source unidentified to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

Credit Line

Source unidentified