Indonesia (Sumatra, Toba Batak)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

The Toba Batak people of northern Sumatra create elegant two-stringed lutes known as hasapi. Today, hasapi are generally played as part of musical ensembles that include flutes, small drums, xylophones, and various other instruments. Though traditionally used indoors in intimate settings, some contemporary musicians have created electric versions of the hasapi.

Hasapi, Wood, Indonesia (Sumatra, Toba Batak)

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