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The Burmese bowpipe at the National Music Museum
Saùng-gauk, Burma (Myanmar), around 1960. Myanmar's musical instruments are very ornamental bow horn, formerly associated with the Buddhist dictatorships that dominated Burma for hundreds of years. A similar kind of harmonica can be seen in Burma's iconographic work from the Second Age. This long, graceful bow drum from Burma is made of the natural curving roots of the Sha trees, which grow on a slope in this form.
NMM's sixteen threads of silver thread are fastened to the necks of the NMM harmonica drum in hand-twisted, three-layer vocal chords made of scarlet coloured yarn. On the end of each string is a puff that symbolises a candle. In the NMM, the bow horn is gilt with golden, the corrosion-resistant material that symbolises live, lighting, immortality as well as reality in buddhistic philosophies.
There is a beautifully adorned depiction of the Bo-tree blade on the harp's throat ( "Buddha" is said to have been enlightened under the Bode tree). Carcass and pedestal of the harmonica are adorned with mandalay beads, gold and red-black color. There are five types of flower on both the percussion harps and the stands.
Cobra Hood " The Burmese describe the resonators of the bow harps as bowls or houses. While building a Burmese bow horn, a ceremonial can be held to encourage the natural spirit to linger in the horn to "enliven their melodies". "These ghosts should exit the drum through the sound holes while playing and come back afterwards.
Penetrate the cavity (covered with deerskin) with the throat or the tailpiece (both ends adorned with stylised Bo-tree leaves). From an acoustic point of view, the stringed rod is the most important part of the bow horn, as it transfers the oscillations of the instrument's stringed instruments to the resonance diaphragm. Burmese bow harps are placed on a raised rack when not in use.
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