Saung Gauk

The traditional instrument of Myanmar is the ‘Saung Gauk’, a bow harp, which has been known since the 7th century. The instrument reminds of the bow harps in ancient Egypt and this type is predicted to come from Egypt. The instrument has a navicular body and the upper part of this body is covered with deer skin painted red and it seems very aesthetic under the long neck part made from acacia wood. The neck expands upwards and carries a plaque there representing the leaves of ‘Bo’ tree. The instrument is beautiful carved and is covered with gold leaf and decorated with small pearls and small pieces of mirrors. The 16 silk strings are stretched by cotton.