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Free-reed Mouth Organ (Khaen baet), Lao People, Northeast Thailand, Mid-20th Century
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NMM 1260. Khaen baet, Lao people, northeast Thailand, mid-20th century. A free-reed instrument with eight pairs of bamboo tubes (the longest measuring 88 cm), set into a hardwood windchest and sealed with a wax secreted by an indigenous, wasp-like insect. Each tube contains a brass reed that is activated when a finger hole above the windchest is stopped. The khaen is played both monophonically and polyphonically; it can be used as a solo instrument or to accompany singing. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.
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Lit.: Thomas E. Cross, Instruments of Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand and Tibet, The Shrine to Music Museum Catalog of the Collections, Vol. II, André P. Larson, editor (Vermillion: The Shrine to Music Museum, 1982), p. 24.
Thomas E. Cross, Instruments of Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand and Tibet, M.M. Thesis, University of South Dakota, May 1983, p. 51, plate XX.
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