Sō Sām Sāi


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 684

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.

Sō Sām Sāi, Coconut, skin, ivory, mother-of-pearl, Thai

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