Sea Dayaks (Iban) Iban people

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

The Iban people of northern Borneo formerly made the ensuranai, a distinctive stringed instrument played with a small bow and with a resonating chamber made from coconut shell or gourd. The performer sat on the ground and held the stem in the left hand, with the resonator resting against the calf of the leg or with the lower tip of the stem grasped in the toes.

Ensuranai, Sea Dayaks (Iban), Coconut, wood, skin, rattan, Iban people

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