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serongagandi (stringed instrument)
  • unknown Maranao maker
  • serongagandi (stringed instrument), late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • bamboo, staining
  • Object Length/Diameter: 60 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 23 5/8 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2840

The cylindrical instrument is made from a large piece of bamboo with a flap at one end. The natural segment ends close the tube, but the end with the flap has a small square cut into it. The two narrow strips of plant fiber on one side are separated from the body of the instrument with three widely spaced struts.

It has a purple field and is decorated with triangle-like shapes with curlicues at the top, in green or natural. The small design in the middle of the triangle varies, but it is drawn in the opposing color. There is a band of light natural colored curlicue topped triangels at either end. The panel under the stringed portion is decorated with "X's" or four petaled flowers in light natural or green.