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Harp
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Among the string instruments, the harp is the most melodious and this harp has a high artistic value.

History of the Object
The Myanmar Harp is an ancient string instrument. The harp has only two parts. One part is the bowl and the other is the curved stem. The bowl of the instrument is made of ‘paduak wood' and the curved stem for the harp strings is of ‘shar-wood’. The resonator (covered with deer skin) is penetrated by the neck or string bar. The string bar is acoustically the most important part of the arched harp since it transmits the vibrations of the strings to the resonating membrane. The top of the arch in the string bar produces a lump in the membrane. The harp has thirteen strings and seven tones. The harp is played at auspicious occasions.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
Wood gilded with gold and glass mosaics 
Measurements
Height 130 cm. Length 140 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Yangon 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century 
Function
Musical Instrument 
Acquisition
Purchased in 2006. 
Copyright
National Museum Yangon 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum Yangon 
Museum
National Museum of Myanmar 
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