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Mi-gyaung

Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Myanmar (formerly Burma)
Culture:
Burmese
Medium:
Wood, gold leaf
Dimensions:
L. 54 in.
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither-plucked
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1473
Not on view
In the 9th century several Burmese musicians were sent to the T'ang dynasty court. Among the instruments they presented to the emperor were the saung-gauk (harp), klene (mouth organ) and mi-gyaung, all chamber instruments. Mi-gyaung, means " crocodile-zither" in Burmese. Similar box zithers exist throughout Southeast Asia and, although the shape is not maintained, the reptilian name persists as chakhe in Thailand or kacapi in Indonesia and the Philippines.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Felice Antonio Beato
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 55.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 55.



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