Type: Idiophones > Lamellaphones > Jawharps.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 121.222
Country: Sabah, Borneo Malaysia.
Region: South East Asia.
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Acquisition Source: Randy Raine-Reusch @ asza.com.
Description: The bungkau is the jaw harp of the Kadazan and Dusun people of Northern Sabah, Malaysia. Located on the north east coast of the island of Borneo.
The Bungkau is carved from polod palm stem. It is either shaved or peeled to obtain a two toned design. Often bunkau are fine tuned with a piece of insect wax.
Many Bungkau have a bamboo tube as a container. Bungkau can be heard quite often at festivals in Sabah, and can be purchased at small traditional handicraft stores in Kota Kinabalu.
Citations: Websites: Randy Raine-Reusch @ asza.com [Bungkau article] ;