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Stringed Instrument (Gayageum)

Asian Art

MEDIUM Wood, cow bone, mother-of-pearl, cloth
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 57 1/16 × 8 11/16 × 2 3/4 in. (145.0 × 22.0 × 7.0 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2020.18.17
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Carroll Family Collection
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CAPTION Stringed Instrument (Gayageum), early 20th century. Wood, cow bone, mother-of-pearl, cloth, 57 1/16 × 8 11/16 × 2 3/4 in. (145.0 × 22.0 × 7.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Carroll Family Collection, 2020.18.17 (Photo: Image courtesy of The Honorable Joseph P. Carroll and Professor Roberta L. Carroll, M.D., CUR.TL2020.25.15.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.TL2020.25.15.jpg. Image courtesy of The Honorable Joseph P. Carroll and Professor Roberta L. Carroll, M.D., 2020
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Twelve-string sanyo gayageum, a stringed instrument played flat like a zither or Chinese qin. Nearly flat and oblong body/sounding board with strings running lengthwise from a narrower end (the head, which sits on the player's knee) to the tuning cords at the opposite side (the tail, which rests on the ground). Each string runs over a bridge or riser arranged rouighly diagonally across the body of the instrument. The instrument is played with both hands plucking on either side of the bridges. This example is the more modern variant (developed in the 19th century) of the classical Korean gayageum, made smaller with strings closer together to facilitate faster playing. It has inlaid bone, wood, and mother of pearl at the head, forming a frame around a trigram. The tail is carved wood.
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