Thai / So Sam Sai with Ivory Pegbox and Spike / 19th CenturyThai
So Sam Sai with Ivory Pegbox and Spike
19th Century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Southeast Asian; Thai
Creator Name-CRT: Thai
Title: So Sam Sai with Ivory Pegbox and Spike
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1899
Creation Date: 19th Century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Chordophone/bowed
Materials and Techniques: Ivory, silk, coconut, hide, cloth
Dimensions: L. 46 in. (116.7 cm); W. of body 6 1/2 in. (16.6 cm); D. 3 1/4 in. (8.5 cm); L. of bowl 28 in. (71.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 89.4.300
Credit Line: The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889

The body is made from a halved, triangular-shaped coconut with three bulges on its back. Skin covers the front of the instrument and strings attach to the pegs internally. Played in a vertical position with the spike resting on the ground, it either provides vocal accompaniment, is played solo, or is used in the Thai mahori ensemble, when singers are included.

AMICA ID: MMA_.89.4.300
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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