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Ka Si (Kettle Gong), Siam (Thailand) or Burma (Myanmar), ca. 1630-1680
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NMM 2683. Ka si (kettle gong), Siam (Thailand) or Burma (Myanmar), ca. 1630-1680. Cast-bronze gong with handles. Instruments like the ka si (literally, "frog drum") are often associated with the magico-religious practice of summoning rain. Frog drums are highly valued among the mountain-dwelling people groups living along the border separating present-day Thailand and Myanmar. The procession of cast-bronze animals on the side of the barrel is missing an elephant, which may have been cut off and buried with the gong’s original owner. Attributed to the Ayudhya period in Siam (1350-1767), based on the shape of the resonating cavity and the adornment. Height: 49 cm. Diameter of top: 67.5 cm. Rawlins Fund, 1980.
Side Views of Kettle Gong
Animal Procession Along Seam
Elephant Procession (one missing) and Snail
Space for Missing Elephant
Views of Top and Interior
Views of Handles
Detail of Decorative Bands Cast on the Side
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. 20.
Thomas E. Cross, Instruments of Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand and Tibet, M.M. Thesis, University of South Dakota, May 1983, p. 41, plates XVI and XVII.
André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion:
National Music Museum, 1988), p. 29.
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