321.31-71 Spike lutes sounded by bowing with a bow

Rāvaṇhattā, spike fiddle, with bow. The body formed of half a coconut with a truncated metal cone mounted on the back. The skin soundtable is braced to the body with string lacing and a cloth hoop. The bamboo neck is stained pink. Two bowed strings of thick gauge wire run from large wooden pegs with cylindrical heads set laterally in the neck. Eight sympathetic strings of fine wire run from unmatched pegs with saggital heads. Small wooden bridge grooved on top for the bowed strings and with holes beneath for the sympathetic strings. The strings are looped around the wooden spike at the distal end. A small black cloth bag containing rosin is tied to the string carrying strap. With bow, Horniman Museum number 2002.202.2.

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