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Turtle and Gecko Indonesian Gamelan Instrument

SKU#  480316
$19.99
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Why We Love It

With roots in the islands of Java and Bali, our Turtle and Gecko Indonesian Gamelan Instrument is known for its traditional role of being played along with a variety of other instruments and vocalists at an array of special events. Handcrafted of albasia wood and featuring an ornate gold design, it's a beautiful piece of craftsmanship at just the right price - plus, it features a hammer for striking its meditative keys.

Details & Dimensions

  • Handcrafted of albasia wood and metal with brown, gold and black finish
  • WARNING: Choking hazard. Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
  • Due to handcrafting, slight variations may occur
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight
  • Available in additional styles, sold separately
  • Wipe clean with dry cloth
  • World Market exclusive
  • Made in Indonesia
4.13"Dia. x 3.94"H

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THE STORY BEHIND IT

Indonesian Instruments: A Reflection of Cultural Diversity

The distinct array of musical instruments found throughout the Indonesian islands date back to the Bronze Age, with influences from Portugal, and the neighboring Middle East and India. Still used today, they typically include plucked and bowed strings, wind, and percussion instruments that are played alongside various performances. Hailing from islands like Java and Bali, Gamelan music - the most popular form of music throughout Indonesia - is made up of an ensemble of percussion instruments that accompany events such as traditional theater, ceremonies and even poetry readings.

As an integral part of communication, each instrument reflects how each island's culture differs. On the Rote Island, the sasando, a plucked string instrument, is played in order to bring harmony while advice is given to each seeker. Like in many other Asian countries, drums have age-old roots of being played in the background for births, deaths and other rituals. Equally unique, the careful craftsmanship that goes into each piece includes hand-painted art or carvings with vibrant creatures and designs that are one-of-a-kind to every island.

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