i2o H. Ling Roth.aNatives of Sarawak and Brit. 7. Borneo.
with wild wax. The bow is a bent cane, and the string a split rattan nearly 12 inches long. There is a moveable bridge on the dish for the string to rest upon. Sometimes the bowl is made of cocoanut-shell.
Two stringed ; sounding board of bambu, open underneath. (Probably of Chinese origin). 23jin. long. Baram River.
" The blikan is a rude-stringed instrument resembling a guitar, and was formerly much in use. It was adopted from the Ulus, and is more frequently found among the Sarebas and Kalakan Dyaks than among any others. It is furnished with two strings (rattan) and two keys. The strings are pressed with the tips of the fingers of the left hand to modify the toneathere are no stopsawhile the nails of the fingers of the right hand brush the strings. The stock is glued into the beak or bill of a bird, the kinalong or burong bileh, and the body is coloured red with the colouring matter of a wild-growing, poisonous fungus. It is 3 feet long from end to end. The blikan is hollowed out from the upper surface, and is covered with a thin plate of wood. The safe, on the other hand, is hollowed out from underneath, and is not closed up.
" The busoi is formed of a bow resting on the ground in a hollow vessel of earthenware or metal, and the string is made to vibrate with a plectrum." (Brooke Low.)
Sir Spencer St. John speaks (i. 109) of a Kayan " two-stringed instrument, resembling a rough guitar : the body was shaped like a decked Malay trading prahu, with a small hole an inch in diameter in the centre ; the strings were the fine threads of rattan twisted and drawn up tightly by means of tuning-keys ; however, the sound produced was not very different from that of a tightly-drawn string.,,
Mr. Hornaday mentions (p. 468) a Sibuyau fiddle " most elaborate and pretentious, the sounds of which were not very pleasing " ; Mr. Whitehead a Dusun "extraordinary long guitar with two strings" (p. 108) ; and Mr. Hose a Kayan sort of banjo (sapeh), and a bamboo harp (paking). (J.A.I, xxiii. 166.) " The satong is a cylindrical bamboo harp, or lyre, played upon with the fingers." (Brooke Low.) It is made of a joint of large yellow bamboo, the nine or ten open strings of which produce notes similar to those of a banjo, when twanged with the fingers." (Burbidge, p. 178.) Previous
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