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Kutiyapi (boat lute)
  • Maranao peoples
  • Kutiyapi (boat lute), late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • wood, wire, metal, plastic, gum resin, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 182 x 15 x 19.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 71 5/8 x 5 7/8 x 7 11/16 in
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7443

The stringed instrument is shaped like a boat. The neck and resonating chamber form the bulk of the boat shape. There is a fin-like projection at either end. There are two wooden pegs at the end of the neck to tighten the strings. The pointed metal pieces on the resonating chamber hold the strings up. The block of wood on the resonating chamber holds the ends of the strings and has a white plastic button on either side.

There is a star shaped hole in the middle bottom of the resonating chamber and a rectangular hole on the bottom of the resonating chamber where it joins with the neck.