321.321-71 Necked bowl lutes sounded by bowing with a bow

Caucasian fiddle and bow, necked fiddle. Possibly a shichepshin of Adegeya or a khamlach of Karachay-Cherkessia. 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. Two gut strings run from rear pegs in the disc-shaped pegbox. The neck is incised with six grooves marking the notes. Outcurved wooden bow with horsehair string.

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