Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item KMS_DE-977-001-003 - Guitar

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CA KMS KMS_DE-977-001-003

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The body of this guitar is made out of wood that is shaped like a giant tear drop. The main part of the body is quite round with a flat top and rounded back. The back of the guitar has been painted brown and has a shiny finish on the paint. The front of the guitar is made of a flat piece of unfinished brown wood that has a small brown stripe painted around it edge. Part of this front piece of wood has a crack that has broken and is lifting away from the body of the guitar. Attached near the rounded end there is a rectangular piece of wood with curves in two of the corners. There is a jade design inlaid into the wood that looks like a book and a snake. Drilled into this dark brown piece of wood are four holes into which are attached the plastic and cord strings of the guitar. From the midway point of the body to wear the neck of the guitar begins there are ten thin wooden sticks running across the top of the guitar which make up the frets. The neck of the guitar is thick and rectangular at the top before dipping down sharply and curving back over onto itself. On the rectangular part of the neck and rectangular piece of plastic two white ones on either end and four yellow ones in the middle. The piece that dips downward has a space cut out of the middle and four wooden handles are inserted into holes drilled into the wood. These handles have ridges running horizontally around the handles which have rounded ends. The handles can be turned to tighten or loosen the strings that are attached to them. The curves piece has a circular floral design carved into the wood with an ivory Chinese lettering inlay in the center. The strings of the guitar run flat down the neck and front of the guitar.

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Okanagan Heritage Museum

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In China, the instrument is known as "Pipa."

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285.3 KiB


November 5, 2015 3:20 PM

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