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Crocodile-shaped Zither (Mi-gyaung)

Mon people1800-1900 c.

National Music Museum, University of South Dakota

National Music Museum, University of South Dakota

Mi-gyaung (crocodile-shaped zither), Mon people, southern Burma (Myanmar), 19th century (NMM 5561). This simple, but elegant, tube zither has three strings that pass over four raised, brass frets. The tuning pegs are made of ivory, carved to resemble lotus blossoms. It is decorated with gold paint and colored glass and is played with a plectrum. Length: 79 cm (31").

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  • Title: Crocodile-shaped Zither (Mi-gyaung)
  • Creator: Mon people
  • Date: 1800-1900 c.
  • Location: Southern Burma (Myanmar)
  • Original Source: photographer: Bill Willroth, Sr.
  • See on Institution's Site: http://orgs.usd.edu/nmm/EasternAsia/2618CrocodileZither/Zither2618.html
  • Rights: National Music Museum, University of South Dakota
  • Medium: plucked stringed musical instrument
  • Credit: Beede Fund, 1979

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