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Phar (Frog rasp)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The wooden frog’s worn-out back shows how farmers craved for rain.

History of the Object
Rice farmers in South-East Asia prayed for rain by rubbing a wooden stick along the notches to produce a frog croaking sound, as they realized that when it rains frogs croak. Phars are now used as guiros.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
Wood 
Measurements
Width 7.2 cm. Height 6 cm. Length 16.5 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Myanmar 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th century 
Function
Musical Instrument 
Acquisition
Purchased in an antique shop in Yangon, Myanmar in 1996 
Copyright
MMIW 
Acknowledgements
The story has been passed on to people by word of mouth. 
Owner
MMIW 
Museum
Museum of Musical Instruments of the World 
Credit line
MMIW 

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