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Dan day
Canadian Museum of Civilization

  Dan day - CMC no. 2000.136.1 / Photo: Harry Foster


This lute is found only in North Vietnam, where it is used to accompany professional female singers. Today, it is played only by men. No other country in Southeast Asia has this instrument, which is believed to have been invented in the eleventh century. The example shown here has a rosewood body. It is held vertically, and its silk strings allow the musician to display great virtuosity.