Metallophone (saron demung)

before 1867

Object Place: Central Java, Indonesia

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Teak, bronze

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Carved black painted wood trough resonator case with seven pairs of metal pins set in the upper face. The case is a sandwich of three pieces; the top and bottom terminate at each end with volutes; the middle is a slab with a prominent central bead cut into all four edges. Seven bronze keys, each with a smooth rounded the upper surface, are located by the pins and lie over the trough, resting on rope cushions. (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