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Mi-gyaung (Crocodile-shaped Zither), Southern Burma (Myanmar), 19th century

NMM 2618. Mi-gyaung, Mon people, southern Burma (Myanmar), 19th century. Crocodile-shaped zither. 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. Decorated with gold paint and colored glass. Played with a plectrum. Length: 79 cm (31"). Beede Fund, 1979.

NMM 2618. Mi-Gyaun, Mon people, southern Burma, 19th century

NMM 2618. Mi-Gyaun, Mon people, southern Burma, 19th century


Top, Bottom, and Side Views

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Side view 1

Side view 1 Side view 2 Top view Side view 3 Bottom


Crocodile Head and Claws

Crocodile head
Crocodile face, head on
Crocodile face, side 2 Crocodile face, side 1

Foot


Crocodile Tail, Pegs, and Hitchpin

Top, elevated view
Tail, View 2

Back end

Hitchpin

Pegs


Bridge, Frets, and Strings
(Reconstructions)

Bridge Fret


Literature

Lit.:  Thomas E. Cross, Instruments of Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand and Tibet, The Shrine to Music Museum Catalog of the Collections, Vol. II, André P. Larson, editor (Vermillion: The Shrine to Music Museum, 1982), p. 3.

Thomas E. Cross, Instruments of Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand and Tibet, M.M. Thesis, University of South Dakota, May 1983, p. 54, plate XXII.

André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), p. 28.


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