Whatever you call it, this simple metal object is my latest obsession. There is so much grace in this design.
Since a jaw harp is meant to be played, its function must have dictated its design. Can the absolute clarity of purpose makes a design more beautiful? Hm. I’ll have to chew on that for a while.
Speaking of chewing, I love the way this object relates to the body. The scale of the object to the mouth is more intimate than, say, a trombone. To me, it feels like jewelry.
Informative jaw harp illustrations:
Vintage jaw-harp packaging:
Different style and types of jaw harps, both old and new.