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khaen paet (mouth organ)
  • Indonesia or Thailand
  • khaen paet (mouth organ), late 1800s–1929
  • Where object was made: Indonesia or Thailand
  • bamboo, wood, gum resin, cord, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 87 x 15 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 34 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of J. Bunker Clark
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3459

The wind instrument is made from two parallel rows of eight thin bamboo tubes of graduated length, arranged in size order. The rows travel through a carved wooden windbox, which is cylindrical, though it flares in the middle. One ends has a large hole, the opposite end tapers sharply, with three ridges to a small point. The tubes are held in place with a red resin. Small holes are drilled in each tube under the box. The cord strap is tied around the longer lengths.