The head, decorated with floral motives, 'okiran'
The tail, decorated with the 'crocodile' motive
The bridge, made of wood and carabao horn
Photographs copyright: F. de Jager
two stringed boat lute
Two stringed lute made of wood, one string for the melody,
one for the drone. Eight frets originally held in place placed
on the neck of the lute by a sticky rubbery substance, propolis,
produced by honey bees to repair damages and openings in the
hive. The lute is decorated with floral motives; the
tail is carved to represent a stylised crocodile head.
Dimensions: length: 152 cm., width: 11,5 cm.
Ethnic group: Marano
Location: West Central Mindanao (muslim south)
Similar instruments are played by:
- Bagobo, SE Mindanao; kudlung
- B'laan, SE Mindanao; kudlung
- Manobo, Mindanao; kudlung
- Mansaka, SE Mindanao; kudlung
- T'boli, SE Mindanao; hegelung
- Tagbanua, Palawan, kudyapi
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