Item KMS_DE-977-001-004 - Banjo

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CA KMS KMS_DE-977-001-004

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The body of the banjo is shaped like a circular flower that has six slightly curved petals. The edge of the body is an orange colored wood which has a glossy finish. The top and bottom of the body of the banjo are made of two unfinished wood panels that sit slightly below the edge of the body. On the front and back stamped with black ink on the wood that says "Ching Won Musical Society, Vancouver B.C" with some Chinese characters in the middle of the circle. Attached near the end of the body of the banjo is a rectangular piece of wood with two curved corners that has a painting of a carp on it. This piece of wood has three holes drilled into it in which the strings of the instrument are tied. The neck of the instrument is made of a long rectangular piece of wood which is flat on the top side and rounded on the bottom. This piece is the same color and finish as the edges of the body. Running across this neck starting with short spacing but then getting wider are piece of ivory with brass sticking across the top. There are twelve of these piece and they make up the frets of the banjo. At the top of the instrument the neck curves slightly downward before creating a type of hook at the top. In the curved part there are inserted three handles which has rounded ends and curves running down there length. Attached to these handles are the other ends of the three strings and by twisting the handles the strings can be tightened or loosened. Two of the strings are a clear plastic while one is a light blue color and they lie down the neck of the instrument. Attached on the hooked end of the banjo is a circular carving in the wood. The carving has vines and flowers running around the outside of the circle. In the center of this circle there is a piece of wood that has been painted a cream color and has a depiction of what seems to be a house with the sun rising behind it. The very top of the instrument has two small dips in the end.

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Okanagan Heritage Museum

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