Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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tabialo (mouth organ)
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • tabialo (mouth organ), late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • bamboo, cord, string
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 21 x 3 x 1 cm length does not include cord
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 8 1/4 x 1 1/8 x 3/8 in length does not include cord
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3985

The convex piece of bamboo is tapered to a point at one end and rounded at the other. It has two long slits and a cord through a hole in the rounded end. There is string wrapped at the tapered end.

Adults and children play these instruments, though the purchased metal versions are more common now.