1903.16.51

Free reed mouth organ

Place details: SE ASIA. Myanmar (Burma) / Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Bamboo Plant / Wax / ?. Processes: Perforated / ?. Dimensions: Max L = 268 mm Max Diam = 43 mm Field Collector: Donald Gunn When Collected: By 1903 Other Owners: Donald Gunn PRM Source: Donald Gunn Acquired: Donated November 1903

KEYWORD: Musical instrument / Ceremonial Object / Religious Object / Free Reed / CLASS: Music / Ritual and Ceremonial / Death / Religion / ?.MUSIC CLASS: 4. MUSIC NAME: Free reed pipe.

Object description: Free reed mouth organ; roughly cut joint of bamboo, closed by node at one end. Rectangular hole cut through one side and overlaid with rectangular plate of bamboo. which has a free reed cut in it, the plate fixed with wax. Mouth covers the reed in playing. This specimen was for making a noise at ceremonies before the burial of a poongyi.