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Danda
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Khanh Son lithophone is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world which was created around 2500 or 3000 years ago. It was normally made in Khanh Son District, Khanh Hoa Province, and this very one was preserved by a Raglay family for hundreds of years.

History of the Object
Danda, meaning a nine-stone xylophone in Vietnam, is composed of nine stones c1/95cm, d1/89cm, e1/90cm, f1/74cm, g1/60cm, a#1/57cm, c2/64cm, g2/44cm, and a#2/40cm. it was discovered in the mountainous areas in Vietnam where the Raglay ethnic minority lives. The Raglay ethnic minority is called danda, pha tau ty leng, and the M'nong ethnic group, goong lu.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
Stone 
Measurements
Length 40 cm. - 95 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Khanh Son District, Khanh Hoa Province 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 16th century 
Creation date
Before 17th Century 
Function
Musical Instrument 
Acquisition
Purchased in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2002 
Copyright
MMIW 
Acknowledgements
Grove dictionary of musical instruments 
Owner
MMIW 
Museum
Museum of Musical Instruments of the World 
Credit line
MMIW 

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