Mouth organ (khaen paet)

mid-20th century


Object Place: Thailand

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

Aerophones

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