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Saron Wayang from the Javanese Gamelan Kyai Rengga Manis Everist

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Saron Wayang

NMM 9905. Saron Wayang in Laras Slendro. Mid-sized member of saron group. Metallophone with nine large bronze bars placed over teakwood frame. Bars held in place by two pins inserted through holes in the bars and embedded in the frame. Decorated with flower and leaf pattern covered in gold leaf. Length: 92.4 cm.

Function:  The saron wayang is used to play special patterns that other saron do not play, because of its larger range. These patterns are called saron nyacah and occur mostly in music for wayang (Javanese puppet and mask theater).

Playing technique:  The saron instruments are played by striking the bar in its center with the oval end of the mallet and dampening the previous bar when the next is played. The player sits on the side with the pitches ascending to the right.

Side view of saron wayang

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