Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Vu Hu Din Dung

Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
Culture:
Vanuatuan
Medium:
Bamboo, string
Dimensions:
20 1/2 × 7/8 in. (52.1 × 2.2 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Musical Bow
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.778
Not on view
Vuhudendung with pointed flange.
Musical Bow. The delicate sound of these musical bows is rarely heard today. They are the only pre-European chordophones found in Polynesia and Melanesia. The blunt end of the instruments is held between the lips, and the timbre is determined by shaping the mouth cavity while the strings are rapidly plucked. By this means speech could be imitated, and lovers conversed privately with these instruments in public situations.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Smithsonian Institution
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Oceanica and America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1913, vol. II, pg. 36.



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