Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item KMS_DE-977-001-009a,b - String, Instrument

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String, Instrument

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CA KMS KMS_DE-977-001-009a,b

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A: The body of the instrument is a small cylinder of wood which is hollow through the center. The wood is a light orange/yellow color and has a shiny finish. Attached over one end of the instrument is a piece of presumably python skin which has olive green and black scales. This piece of skin is held in place by a large piece of silky purple take running around the top edge of the instrument body. Just below this tape a hole has been drilled through the cylindrical body and the end of the neck of the instrument has been inserted through this hole. The neck of the instrument is a long cylindrical wooden stick which has the notched appearance of a piece of bamboo. The wood has been stained a dark brown color and it has a shiny finish. Drilled near the top of this neck piece are two holes into which two yellow colored wooden handles have been inserted. These handle have thin ends which widen and round at the top and have grooved running the length of them. Onto the thin ends of these handle string have been tied and wrapped. The strings run through a metal loop attached midway down the neck, over the python skin and are tied on the bottom of the instrument. When the handles are turned the strings are meant to loosen or tighten but they have come loose of the end of the instrument and are just hanging. The handles are also loose within their drilled holes. B: This piece is the long thin wooden bow that is used in order to play the instrument. The body of the bow is a long stick that is curved on either end and has the notched appearance of a piece of bamboo. Holes have been drilled in both curved ends and knots have been inserted in these holes to hold the strings in place. The strings are presumably made of horse hair and are black and dark brown in color. The strings are tight and run parallel the body of the wooden bow.

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Okanagan Heritage Museum

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117.5 KiB


November 5, 2015 3:20 PM

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