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Ghichak, spike fiddle, with bow (M621a-1996). The edge of the mammal-skin soundtable is glued to the bowl shaped (mulberry?) wood body, and covered with brown fabric tape. A ring of white plastic encircles the tape. A curved plate of metal is attached to the end of the bulbous wooden spike, for resting the instrument on the player's knee. The four metal strings run from the pegs over the angled bridge and are attached to a metal tailpiece fixed to the spike. A rectangular section of plastic is fixed beneath the tailpiece to protect the skin. The two lower strings are copper overwound, and have a sounding length of 328mm. and 325mm. The higher ones are steel and have a sounding length of 317mm. and 313mm. A length of raffia for suspending the instrument while not in use is tied around the finial.


ghichak; spike fiddle
Musical Instruments

321.311-71 spike bowl lutes sounded by bowing with a bow
Broad category
Musical Instruments, Chordophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  ghichak; spike fiddle
object name:  ghichak
common name:  spike fiddle
catalogue title:  321.311-71 spike bowl lutes sounded by bowing with a bow
display title:  321.311 spike bowl lutes

Additional maker information
Abdurasul, Usta
Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Asia
Additional place information
Date made
c. 1985
Additional date information
c. 1985 

overall: 675 x 200 x 175 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 675 x 200 x 175 mm

Related subjects
object name (AAT): spike fiddles
object name: ghichaks
classified as: 321.311 Spike bowl lutes

Record created 1999-12-26 by EMOWEN
Record last updated 2017-07-24 by MBIRLEY