Name: Bamboo Kaen (Hmong mouth organ instrument)
Traditional Hmong kaen ("mouth organ") instrument used for ritual and entertainment purposes. Made of 14 hollow bamboo reeded wind pipes, each with a fingered wind hole. Center hand-hold is of carved wood, with seams sealed with natural lac (a bug excretion processed and used primarily as a textile dye). 100% handmade and of natural materials. Purchased new from the artist in his small village of Ban Tao, Houaphan Province, Laos in 2018. Yes - it's in tune!
Size: 32.5 (80 mc) long; 7" (18 cm) wide incl. stem
Origins: Houaphan Province, Laos