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Highly Endangered

From the  British Museum’s collection, this was made by Belalong Tepun.

Collected in 1988 from the Kelabit Highlands. Is seems the instrument has been miscategorised as a sape though it has the distinctive long body of the tapi.

British Museum: As no.1988,22.39


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