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Southeast Asian Musical Instruments

  • The MFA’s Musical Instruments Collection contains over 1,100 examples from around the world, ranging from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Explore a selection of Southeast Asian instruments from the Museum’s holdings.

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  • Zither (dan bau) and stand

    2004
    Ta Quang Dong (Vietnamese, born in 1968 Vietnamese), Tran Quang Hien (Vietnamese, born in 1964 Vietnamese)

    Object Place, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Description

    Provenance

    2005, sold by Ta Tham, Ha Noi, Vietnam, to Nancy Tingley; 2005, sold by Tingley to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 22, 2005)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Deac Rossell and Mickey Myers in memory of Corita Kent, by exchange

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 1083 mm, width 110 mm (Length 42 5/8 in., width 4 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2005.294a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Jackfruit and wrightia woods, mother-of-pearl, buffalo horn

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Lute (dan day)

    2004
    Ta Quang Dong (Vietnamese, born in 1968 Vietnamese), Tran Quang Hien (Vietnamese, born in 1964 Vietnamese)

    Object Place, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Description

    Provenance

    2005, sold by Ta Tham, Ha Noi, Vietnam, to Nancy Tingley; 2005, sold by Tingley to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 22, 2005)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Visuttichittra Vanichsombat, by exchange

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 153.4 mm, width 25.5 cm (Length 60 3/8 in., width 10 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2005.293

    Medium or Technique

    Wutong and sindora woods, mother-of-pearl, bamboo

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Frame drum (rammana?)

    1950–75

    Object Place, Possibly Cambodia

    Description

    Circular, sloping wood rim. Skin head wrapped around rattan (?) upper ring and laced with rattan to lower bamboo hoop. Twelve wood wedges between rim and lower hoop to adjust head tension. Rim, upper ring, and wood wedges painted dark red. Wedges strung together by strand of monofiliment. Short rawhide loop (for hanging?) around lower hoop. Rim roughly carved on inside.

    Inscription

    In pencil in two positions on inside of rim and head are matching marks, possibly for alignment of head and rim.

    Provenance

    By 1976, property of a museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; between 1976 and 1981, purchased by a friend for, and later sent, to Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 9.6 cm, diameter 35.7 cm (Height 3 3/4 in., diameter 14 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.779

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, rattan, animal skin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Oboe (serunai)

    mid-20th century

    Object Place, Malaysia

    Description

    Turned hardwood body with elaborate carving. Carved surfaces painted with shiny enamel (?) in blue, red, yellow,  Six fingerholes (?).

    Provenance

    By 1976, property of a museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; between 1976 and 1981, purchased by a friend for, and later sent, to Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55.4 cm, diameter 9.4 cm (Length 21 13/16 in., diameter 3 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.778

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Fiddle (rebab tiga tali) and bow

    1950–75

    Object Place, Malaysia

    Description

    Heart-shaped wood body with skin belly; the sides covered by dark blue corduroy cloth; long strands of bright pink and green yarn fastened at top of back. Body pierced by elaborately carved neck. Neck and short carved wood tuning pegs painted with shiny enamel (?) in light blue, pink, silver, gold, black, and red. Three strings fastened to metal tailpiece at lower end of neck’s “spike.” Inverted U-shaped wood bridge with two hollowed-out feet. Nodule of unknown substance (secretion from a bee?) adhered to treble upper side of belly; may be used for suppresion of “wolf” tones and/or as a “rosin.” Strings are “modern” wound strings (apparently from a guitar). Sliding nut of twisted fiber.

    Provenance

    By 1976, property of a museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; between 1976 and 1981, purchased by a friend for, and later sent, to Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 119.0 cm, width 22.5 cm, depth 4.8 cm (Length 46 7/8 in., width 8 7/8 in., depth 1 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.777a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, animal skin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Elephant bell and stand

    probably 19th century

    Object Place, Thailand or Burma

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 47.5 cm, width 39.8 cm, depth 15.3 cm (Height 18 11/16 in., width 15 11/16 in., depth 6 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.391

    Medium or Technique

    Painted wood, brass

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Bell

    probably 19th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 13.7 cm, width 14.6 cm, depth 13.8 cm (Height 5 3/8 in., width 5 3/4 in., depth 5 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.392

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze Bronze

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Clappers (krap sepha)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 21 cm, width 4 cm, thickness 4 cm (Length 8 1/4 in., width 1 9/16 in., thickness 1 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.393a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Lacquered hardwood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Xylophone (ranat ek)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 122.7 cm, width 25.3 cm, height 53 cm (Length 48 5/16 in., width 9 15/16 in., height 20 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.394

    Medium or Technique

    Painted and gilded wood, bamboo

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Xylophone (ranat thum)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 129.5 cm, width 39.5 cm, height 45 cm (Length 51 in., width 15 9/16 in., height 17 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.395

    Medium or Technique

    Painted and gilded wood, bamboo

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Metallophone (ranat ek lek)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 107.2 cm, width 40.3 cm, height 38.5 cm (Length 42 3/16 in., width 15 7/8 in., height 15 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.396

    Medium or Technique

    Painted and gilded wood, iron

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Pair of small cymbals (ching)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameters 5.6 cm, heights 2 and 2.1 cm (Diameters 2 3/16 in., heights 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.397a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Pair of small cymbals (ching)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameters 6.3 and 6.4 cm, heights 2.8 cm (Diameters 2 1/2 in., heights 1 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.398a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Pair of cymbals (chap lek)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameters 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.399a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Pair of cymbals (chap yai)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameters 21.2 cm, heights 3 cm (Diameters 8 3/8 in., heights 1 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.400a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Gong (khong rao)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Other (gong a): 30.5 x 7 cm (12 x 2 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.401a

    Medium or Technique

    Painted and gilded wood, brass

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Upright gong circle (khong mon lek)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 132 cm, width 23 cm, height 99 cm (Length 51 15/16 in., width 9 1/16 in., height 39 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.402

    Medium or Technique

    Painted and gilded wood, glass, brass

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Upright gong circle (khong mon yai)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 142.5 cm, width 26 cm, height 112.5 cm (Length 56 1/8 in., width 10 1/4 in., height 44 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.403

    Medium or Technique

    Painted and gilded wood, glass, brass

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Frame drum (rammana mahori)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameter 22.2 cm, height 7.5 cm (Diameter 8 3/4 in., height 2 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.404

    Medium or Technique

    Lacquered wood, mother-of-pearl, ivory, calfskin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Frame drum (rammana mahori)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameter 23.3 cm, height 7.3 cm (Diameter 9 3/16 in., height 2 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.405

    Medium or Technique

    Lacquered wood, mother-of-pearl, ivory, calfskin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Goblet drum (thon mahori)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Mother-of-pearl inlay includes the image of a celestial being called thepphanom (upright when the drum is upside-down); drumhead tensioned with black string.

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 38.5 cm, diameter 24 cm (Height 15 3/16 in., diameter 9 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.406

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramic, mother-of-pearl, calfskin

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Goblet drum (thon mahori)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Mother-of-pearl inlay of floral design on black ground; drumhead tensioned with tan (undyed?) string.

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 37.6 cm, diameter 24.6 cm (Height 14 13/16 in., diameter 9 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.407

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramic, mother-of-pearl, ivory, calfskin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Goblet drum (thon chatri)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 34.6 cm, diameter 23.9 cm (Height 13 5/8 in., diameter 9 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.408

    Medium or Technique

    Lacquered wood, glass, calfskin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Goblet drum (klong ae)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 159.5 cm, diameter 31 cm (Height 62 13/16 in., diameter 12 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.409

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, calfskin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Drum (taphon thai) and stand

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Drum length 47 cm, diameter 36.5 cm (Drum length 18 1/2 in., diameter 14 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.410a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Painted and gilded wood, calfskin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Drum (taphon mon) and stand

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Drum height 64.8 cm, diameter 48 cm (Drum height 25 1/2 in., diameter 18 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.411a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, calfskin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Duct flute (khlui phiang o)

    mid-20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Bamboo body with wood (?) plug for duct; burned-on repeating decorative pattern. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. Two pairs of holes drilled at right-angles at lower end of body (the transverse pair for a cord for carrying or decoration, the other for venting?). One hole between duct and highest fingerhole, covered with mirliton of unknown substance (bamboo fiber?).

    Provenance

    Between 1980 and 1984, sold by Lillian Caplin, Center for Musical Antiquities, New York, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 44.1 cm, diameter 2.8 cm (Length 17 3/8 in., diameter 1 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.281

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Duct flute (khlui phiang o)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 42.1 cm, diameter 2.6 cm (Length 16 9/16 in., diameter 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.412

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Oboe (pi nai)

    late 19th or early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Body of tropical hardwood, bulging at center and flared at both ends. Upper end capped with bone disk. Lower end capped with blackened wax or pitch for tuning. Small squares of gold leaf applied on front and back of upper end. Pairs of fine turned lines along center section, surrounding fingerholes. Six fingerholes placed in groups of four and two. Conical bore.

    Provenance

    Before 2003, sold by source unidentified, France, to Tony Bingham, London, England; 2004, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the heirs of Mr. William Lindsey, by exchange

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 43 cm (16 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.2

    Medium or Technique

    Hardwood, bone, wax, gold leaf

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Oboe (pi mon)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 69 cm, diameter 24 cm (Length 27 3/16 in., diameter 9 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.413

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, brass

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Free-reed pipe (pi so)

    19th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Body of bamboo with bronze (?) free reed inserted into slit near top. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole.

    Inscription

    In ink on upper end: [one character] / [B?]023

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 34.8 cm, diameter 1.7 cm (Length 13 11/16 in., diameter 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1944

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Mouth organ (khaen paet)

    mid-20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Barrel-shaped hardwood windchest pierced by sixteen bamboo pipes. Each pipe has reed of undetermined metal (probably bronze) and small single fingerhole in varying positions. Pipes bound together in three places with bamboo strips. Joint between windchest and pipes sealed with undetermined black mastic (kiroot?).

    Provenance

    By 1968, purchased in a "Woolworth"-type shop in Bangkok, Thailand, by Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 90.5 cm, width 13.3 cm, depth 5.4 cm (Height 35 5/8 in., width 5 1/4 in., depth 2 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.772

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo, wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Zither (jakhe)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 133.8 cm, width 27.5 cm (Length 62 11/16 in., width 10 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.414

    Medium or Technique

    Lacquered wood, ivory, mother-of-pearl, brass

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Lute (krajappi)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 127 cm, width 33.9 cm (Length 50 in., width 13 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.415

    Medium or Technique

    Lacquered wood, ivory

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle (so duang) and bow

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 71 cm, body diameter 6.5 cm, body depth 18.5 cm (Length 27 15/16 in., body diameter 2 9/16 in., body depth 7 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.416a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Ivory, wood, mother-of-pearl, snakeskin

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle (so u) and bow

    1950–75

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    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.

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Source unidentified

    Details

    Dimensions

    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

    1982.12a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Coconut, wood, calf skin, ivory

    Not On View

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    Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle (so u) and bow

    about 1975

    Object Place, Thailand

    Description

    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

    Details

    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

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    Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Xylophone (pat-tala)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Burma

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 139.3 cm, width 34 cm, height 66.5 cm (Length 54 13/16 in., width 13 3/8 in., height 26 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.417

    Medium or Technique

    Painted and gilded wood, glass

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Metallophone (pat-tala)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Burma

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Copyright

    © 2002 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 178 cm, width 35.5 cm, height 88.5 cm (Length 70 1/16 in., width 14 in., height 34 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.418

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, lacquer, lead, gilt, glass inlay

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Goblet drum (o-zi)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Burma

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 74.9 cm, diameter 24.5 cm (Height 29 1/2 in., diameter 9 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.419

    Medium or Technique

    Painted wood, glass, calfskin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Goblet drum (ozi)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Burma

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 75.4 cm, diameter 23.4 cm (Height 29 11/16 in., diameter 9 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.420

    Medium or Technique

    Lacquered wood, glass, calfskin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Set of tuned drums (chauk-lon-bat)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Burma

    Description

    (Previously identified as a Thai poeng mang khok, with one drum is missing.)

    Provenance

    By 1993, likely acquired with the assistance of François Duhau de Bérenx, Bangkok, by Doris Duke (1912-1993), Somerset County, New Jersey; 1993, by inheritance to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York; 2004, gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Width 149.3 cm, height 62 cm (Width 58 3/4 in., 24 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.421a-g

    Medium or Technique

    Painted and gilded wood, glass, calfskin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Zither (mí-gyaùng)

    mid-19th century

    Object Place, Southern Burma

    Description

    Elongated body of rosewood or huali wood, hollowed out through narrow opening in bottom, running nearly full length. Exterior carved in likeness of a crocodile. Traces of gilding on carved surfaces. Three strings attached at one end to later lateral turned tuning pegs of rosewood and at other end to wicket-shaped piece of brass behind head. Later nut of walnut. Three pairs of long wood plugs (projecting into interior) may mark positions of missing frets. Two additional similar plugs, along center line, near each end of body.

    Provenance

    Before 1948, property of a Dorset, England, family who reportedly lived in colonial Burma; before 1993, sold by Dorset family to an antiques dealer, Dorset, England; by 1993, sold by antiques dealer, Dorset, to Jonathon Hope, London, England; 1993, sold by Hope to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 27, 1993)

    Credit Line

    Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 113.8 cm, width 15.6 cm, height 15.9 cm (Length 44 13/16 in., width 6 1/8 in., height 6 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1993.11

    Medium or Technique

    Tropical hardwood

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Miniature arched harp (saùng-gauk) and stand

    19th century

    Object Place, Southern Burma

    Description

    Boat-shaped body of black lacquered paduak wood. Upper edge of body has band with raised gilded repeating leaf pattern, Black-colored deerskin belly with four small circular soundholes and raised gilded designs near each end. Curved neck made from root of a shà tree, the upper half gilded, terminating in carved shape representing leaf of bodhi tree. Thirteen strings, each attached at neck by red cord; each tied at belly to strip of paduak wood. Matching carved stand.

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55.0 cm, width 7.7 cm, height 40.5 cm (Length 21 5/8 in., width 3 1/16 in., height 15 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2163a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Padauk wood, sha wood, sheepskin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Arched harp (saùng-gauk)

    mid-19th century

    Object Place, Southern Burma

    Description

    Music: Ah Chit Yay (Oh, My Sweetheart!), Traditional, early 1900s (performed by Zaw Win Maung on a saùng gauk made in Myanmar, late 20th century)

    Provenance

    1992, sold by Tony Bingham, London, England, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

    Credit Line

    Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 81.0 cm, width 16.0 cm, height 66.0 cm (Length 31 7/8 in., width 6 5/16 in., height 26 in.)

    Accession Number

    1992.5

    Medium or Technique

    Padauk wood, sha wood, glass, deerskin, cotton cord

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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