Metallophone (gender panerus [bem])

before 1867

Object Place: Central Java, Indonesia

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Teak, bronze

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Carved black painted wood case containing fourteen bamboo resonators and six pairs of metal posts set in the upper rails. Fourteen bronze keys, each with two longitudinal ridges, are suspended from the posts and over the resonators by new red cotton cord threaded through each key and through turned wood dowels at each end of the frame. Both feet and treble end are replacements carved by Javanese craftsmen. (pelog tuning)


1840, slendro-tuned ensemble commissioned by Chinese patron, Central Java. After 1840, Priyo family, the Bupati (regent) of Blora, Central Java; about 1876, pelog-tuned ensemble commissioned and combined with 1840s ensemble, Central Java; by 1990, by descent through three generations of the Priyo family to Mr. and Mrs. Supriyo, Blora, Central Java, Indonesia; July 12, 1990, sold by Supriyo to Nyonya Nora, Surakarta, Indonesia; 1990, sold by Nyonya Nora to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 1990)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Bradford M. Endicott and Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Fraser in honor of Jan and Suzanne Fontein, and the Frank B. Bemis Fund