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Entering the Beede Gallery

A nine-foot-tall slit drum from Ambrym Island in the South Pacific stands like a sentinel just inside the entrance to the Grace L. Beede Gallery, where many of the NMM's most exotic instruments are exhibited.

Here is the enigma, the romance, the mystery of the unknown...instruments from the great civilizations of Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific...a zither built as a crocodile...a magnificent Burmese arched harp...an Indian mayuri, shaped like a peacock...hand-painted Persian instruments...exotic, hand-carved drums from the jungles of New Guinea...all of them evocative of adventure in distant lands.



View of the Beede Gallery, looking northeast

A selection of instruments from the gamelan, Kyai Rengga Manis Everist by Ud Soepoyo, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, 1999, can be seen on display in the center of the Beede Gallery.


India and Southeast Asia Exhibits in Beede Gallery Short-Necked Lute (Sarinda or Saroz), Northern India, Late 19th Century Short-Necked Lute (Sarinda or Saroz), Northern India, Late 19th Century Long-Necked Lute (Pamir Robab), Pamir Region of Central Asia, ca. 1650 Long-Necked Lute (Pamir Robab), Pamir Region of Central Asia, ca. 1650 Ozi (Goblet-shaped Drum), Burma (Myanmar), late 19th century Ozi (Goblet-shaped Drum), Burma (Myanmar), late 19th century Serpentine horn (ranasringa), India, 19th century. Short-Necked Lute (Sarinda or Saroz), Bengal, India, Late 19th Century Short-necked lute (robab, rabab), Afghanistan, 19th century Pair of Drums (Tabla), Northern India, Late 19th Century Barrel Drum (Mridangam), Southern India, Early 20th Century Shawms (Ottu and Nagaswaram), Southern India, ca. 1900-1940 Shawms (Ottu and Nagaswaram), Southern India, ca. 1900-1940 Stick Zither with Gourd Resonators (Rudra Vina or Bin), Northern India, Early 20th Century Long-Necked Lute (Saraswati Veena), Southern India, Early 20th Century Long-necked lute (mayuri), India, 19th century Long-necked lute (tambura), southern India, ca. 1900 Long-necked lute (sitar), northern India, 20th century Long-necked lute (sitar), northern India, 20th century Short-necked lute (sarangi), northern India, 19th century Short-Necked Lute (Sarangi), Northern India, Early 20th Century Long-Necked Lute (Esraj), Northern India, ca. 1950 Long-necked lute (mandar bahar), by H. Muntz, Bengal, India, 20th century NMM 2421. Serpentine horn (ranasringa), India, 19th century Short-necked lute (robab, rabab), Afghanistan, 19th century Mi-gyaung (Crocodile-shaped Zither), Southern Burma (Myanmar), 19th century Saùng-gauk (Arched Harp), Burma (Myanmar), ca. 1960 Po•ng la•ng, Siam (Thailand), 19th century Saùng-gauk (Arched Harp), Burma (Myanmar), ca. 1960 Drum attributed to Iban tribe of the Dayaks, Sarawak, Malaysia, late 19th-early 20th century Kwáw•ng, Siam (Thailand), 19th century Khaen baet, Lao people, northeast Thailand, mid-20th century Khaen baet, Lao people, northeast Thailand, mid-20th century Kwáw•ng, Siam (Thailand), 19th century Khaen baet, Lao people, northeast Thailand, mid-20th century Kwáw•ng, Siam (Thailand), 19th century Khaen baet, Lao people, northeast Thailand, mid-20th century Khaen baet, Lao people, northeast Thailand, mid-20th century Rattle, Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea, late 19th/early 20th century Tro, Burma (Myanmar), 19th century Gourd rattle (‘uli‘uli), Hawaii, mid-20th century Five Jew's Harps, Papua New Guinea, mid-20th Century Gourd drum (ipu heke ‘ole), Hawaii, mid-20th century Lute (jungga), Sumba, Eastern Lesser Sundas, Indonesia, late 19th century Lute (kachapi), Batak People, Sumatra, Indonesia, late 19th/early 20th century Natural trumpet (towel), Mummeri Village, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, 19th century Natural trumpet (towel), Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea, 19th century Rattle (pu‘ili), Hawaii, mid-20th century Didjeridu (yidaki), Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia, mid-20th century Didjeridu (yidaki), Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia, mid-20th century Didjeridu (yidaki), Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia, mid-20th century Natural trumpet (towel), Kapriman Village, Blackwater River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, 1970

More than 240 non-Western instruments are on display in the Beede Gallery!

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Slit Drum, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu, Early 20th Century Slit Drum (Garamut), Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea, Early 20th Century Musical Instruments from India Instruments from Oceania Kenong Kenong Kenong Bonang Panembung Bonang Panembung Bonang Panembung Bonang Panembung Kendhang Ketipung and Kendhang Ageng Bonang Panerus Gongs Gongs Bedhug Drum, Sulu people, southern Philippines, 20th century Instruments from India Instruments from Southeast Asia Trumpet Mask (Vurbracha), Baining People, Gazelle Peninsula, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, 20th century Saron attributed to Java, mid-19th century Slit Drum (Garamut), Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea, Early 20th Century Angklung, Java, 20th century Instruments from Oceania Instruments from Tibet and Nepal