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Jew's harp (susap)

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Cylindrical body of bamboo with cut-away tapered end. Two slender arms (bound together at end) and free central tongue. Pokerwork geometric designs on surface. Hole for cord at wide end.


Before 1979, private collection of New Guinea material compiled about 1930, New York; about 1979, Lillian Caplin, Center for Musical Antiquities, New York; before 1984, sold by Caplin to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

about 1930

Object Place

Papua New Guinea


Length 20 cm, width 2.1 cm (Length 7 7/8 in., width 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones