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Lute (Kachapi), Batak People, Sumatra, Indonesia
Late 19th/Early 20th Century

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NMM 2368. Lute (kachapi), Batak People, Sumatra, Indonesia, late 19th/early 20th century Left side view Right side view Back

NMM 2368. Lute (kachapi), Batak People, Sumatra, Indonesia, late 19th/early 20th century. Plucked lute with two strings and no frets that originates with the indigenous Batak people. It is played to accompany story-tellers or in an ensemble called gendang keteng-keteng. This ensemble, usually comprised of kachapi and tube zithers, is one example of the many different musical groups that accompany the ceremonies central to Batak life. The gendang keteng plays trance-inducing music through which persons may become possessed by, and thus communicate with, their ancestors. Length: 71 cm (28"). Board of Trustees, 1978.


Pegbox

Pegbox and finial, front view
Pegbox and finial, back view

Pegbox, Front

Pegbox, Back


Tailpiece and Soundhole

Tailpiece
Soundhole on back of lute

Tailpiece

Soundhole on
Back of Lute

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