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A game is an is a set of instruments that traditionally accompany puppet shows, dance dramas, feasts and ceremonies in Indonesia. During shadow puppet plays, the orchestra highlights the moments of drama and provides the music that fits the personality of characters on stage. There are various kinds of gamelan, the main differences being the number and type of instruments that make up each orchestra and the tonal system used. An orchestra may contain a few instruments or more than thirty.

Sir Stamford Raffles, former Lieutenant-Governor of Java and founder of Singapore, brought this gamelan to Britain. The frames for the instruments are unique: the instruments are carved to represent peacocks, dragons, deer and other animals.

Raffles gamelan


From Java, Indonesia, 19th century ad
L. 100 cm
Collected by Sir Stamford Raffles Bequeathed by Revd Raffles Flint



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