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Musical Bow

Object Number:P766
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Borneo
Rejang River (uncertain)
Length: 83 cm
Width: 4.5 cm
Thickness: 1.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898
Other Number:P765 - Other Number
P765B - Other Number


Musical bow. Busoi. Long slim flat piece of dark brown wood, very slightly bent. One end with center slot, other with decorative carving of two sets of paired spirals and a small hole, for string used to draw the bow taut. When strung, the bow is used with an independent resonator, such as a hollow pot: the curve of the bow rests on a round wood disk placed over the mouth of the pot and the string is struck with a wood stick. One end is carved with raised scroll designs and two thick horizontal bars. The opposite end has a slit on either end.


[Book] Roth, Henry L. The Natives of Sarawak and British North Borneo.. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: vol. ii, p. 260View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Book] Balfour, Henry. The Natural History of the Musical Bow A Chapter in the Developmental History of Stringed Instruments in Music.. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 69 and Fig. 49View Objects related to this Type Citation

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