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date: 12 December 2019

Engkeratong [ngkratong]locked

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[ngkratong]

Harp zither, possibly obsolete, of the Iban people of Sarawak, Malaysia and the Dyak of Borneo. It has a wooden rectangular box resonator with a small soundhole centred on the top. At both narrow ends of the resonator a carved rod, notched to secure four tied strings, is attached vertically; aligned with these rods, two notched posts stand on the top. The strings are stretched between the end rods and supported by the posts, which can be angled slightly to obtain different pitches. The strings are plucked by the fingers. Both narrow ends of the resonator are ornamented with carved extensions, sometimes representing a bird. A ngkratong from Borneo (US.AA.s) has posts as its four corners rather than arranged in a line; it is unclear how its strings were attached, but the resonator is said to represent a bird.

H.L. Roth: The Natives of Sarawak and British North Borneo, 2 (London, 1896), 261...

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