Height (Of longest pipe): 84 3/4 in. (215.3 cm)
Height (Of shortest pipe): 56 1/2 in. (143.5 cm)
Aerophone-Free Reed-mouth organ
Gift of Miss Alice Getty, 1946
Not on view
To sound the Khāēn one exhales or inhales into a wind chamber to activate metal reeds which are attached to each bamboo pipe and concealed by the wooden chamber. Opening a finger hole above the chamber allows air to vibrate the reed and sound. Also found in Laos, this mouthorgan is related to others throughout Asia. Legend holds that the Khāēn was invented to imitate the voice of the karaweik bird.