Mouth organ (khaen paet)

mid-20th century

Object Place: Thailand


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


Medium or Technique

Bamboo, wood

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments



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?).


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