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Zither (mi-gyaung)

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Elongated body of rosewood or huali wood, hollowed out through narrow opening in bottom, running nearly full length. Exterior carved in likeness of a crocodile. Traces of gilding on carved surfaces. Three strings attached at one end to later lateral turned tuning pegs of rosewood and at other...

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Before 1948, property of a Dorset, England, family who reportedly lived in colonial Burma; before 1993, sold by Dorset family to an antiques dealer, Dorset, England; by 1993, sold by antiques dealer, Dorset, to Jonathon Hope, London, England; 1993, sold by Hope to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 27, 1993)

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

mid-19th century

Object Place

Southern Burma


Length 113.8 cm, width 15.6 cm, height 15.9 cm (Length 44 13/16 in., width 6 1/8 in., height 6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tropical hardwood


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones