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Caucasian fiddle and bow, necked fiddle. The boat-shaped body, neck and peg-box are carved from a single piece of wood. The wooden soundtable has a single circular soundhole. Two small rectangles of wood are inserted in the soundtable (possibly feet for a former fixed bridge), the one on the player’s right extends through the back of the instrument. A later (?) wooden bridge is tied to the instrument.Two gut strings run from rear-entrant pegs in the disc-shaped pegbox. The neck is incised with six grooves serving as frets. This instrument is played with an outcurved wooden bow with a horsehair string (Horniman Museum number 2012.133.1) It probably originates from the Baksan Valley.


Musical Instruments

1 item (description level: part)

Broad category
Musical Instruments, Chordophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  fiddle
object name:  fiddle
catalogue title:  321.321-71

Russian Federation (Europe), Eastern Europe, Europe
Additional place information
made: probably Russian Federation (Europe) 

Materials & techniques
wood; gut
Additional material & technique information
material: wood (overall)
material: gut (overall)
material: skin (part)
overall: 60 mm x 804 mm x 81 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 60 mm x 804 mm x 81 mm

donor:  Clapham, Stan  circa 1995 - 2012-09-20
donor:  Clapham, R. Ingrid  circa 1995 - 2012-09-20
previous owner:  Russian Cathedral Church of the Dormition and All Saints  Undefined - circa 1975

Further reading
Vertkov, K. 1963. Atlas musikalnick instrumentov narodov SSSR. Moskva: Gosudarstvennoe muzykal'noe izdatel'stvo, 103, 513 (discusses similar)
Vertkov, K. 1963. Atlas musikalnick instrumentov narodov SSSR. Moskva: Gosudarstvennoe muzykal'noe izdatel'stvo, 105, 517 (discusses similar)

Related objects
part of fiddle; bow (2012.133)
Related subjects
object name: fiddles
material: wood
material: gut
classified as: 311.2 Stick zithers

Record created 2002-04-23
Record last updated 2017-01-18

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