Stringed instrument

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
23978
Item name
Stringed instrument 
Category
Sound
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
Karen 
Place
Asia > Thailand > Chiang Mai Province
Map
Collector
Mrs Joy Martin 
Acquisition date
September 04, 1979 
Acquisition method
Purchased from Mrs Joy Martin 
Dimensions
H: 690 mm W: 350 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

"Karen Harp" - 7 metal strings attached to seven pegs with a metal cover on upper side of the hollow wooden body. The body is rounded in shape with an carved 8 pointed star shaped emblem on either side. The neck attached to the body is curved with a small carved coil on the end - the neck has the pegs for the strings.

Research notes

Transcript from 1979 audiotape by Mrs Martin: This is a Karen harp. Again came from Burma, it is the only one I have ever seen like that and you have the Karen writing on the front of it. Items 23908 to 24133 and 24322 to 24331 were the private collection of Mrs Martin who went to the Province with the American Baptist Mission to set up an international marketing organisation for the tribal arts, mainly textile. Almost all items were exhibited in Museum Display No. 15, 1980. Other Thai Hill tribes items from Mrs Martin can be found at 24425 to 24438.

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