Crocodile zither

This zither is called kropeu (literally "crocodile"). It’s no longer played in Cambodia. The last female player of this instrument lived in Surin in the Khmer-speaking province of Thailand. She has since passed away. This instrument was rebuilt under the direction of Patrick Kersalé from an original preserved at Cambodian Cultural Village of Siem Reap.

 



The last crocodile zither player in Surin province, Thailand. Photo © Michel Antelme.
The last crocodile zither player in Surin province, Thailand. Photo © Michel Antelme.