Oboe (pi nai)

Oboe (pī nai)

late 19th or early 20th century

Object Place: Thailand


Length 43 cm (16 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hardwood, bone, wax, gold leaf

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Musical Instruments



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.


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