Xylophone (gambang kayu)

1840


Object Place: Central Java, Indonesia

Accession Number

1990.580

Medium or Technique

Teak

Not On View

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Musical Instruments

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Idiophones

Carved red painted wood trough resonator case in the shape of an inverted trapezoid. Elaborately pierce carved wings with foliate design surrounded by sea serpent Naga rise from each end. Twenty hardwood keys rest on rope cushions on the edges of the open top and are located by pairs of narrow metal pins. A bronze handle survives at bass end. (slendro tuning)

Provenance

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