321.312-71spike Box lutes sounded by bowing with a bow

Masenqo and bow. A spike fiddle built around a wooden column. the resonator consists of a lozenge-shaped box made of planks joined with twists of wire. The resonator is covered with two pieces of antelope(?) hide, partly de-furred and bound together with black tape. The peg box is represented by a flattened section of the spike, and terminates in a spear-head shaped finial. The peg is slightly tapered and rounded. It is unpierced, and the string is attached to it by means of plastic-covered wire. The bridge consists of an angled twig with a hole at the elbow, through which the string passes. The string consists of a number of strands of horsehair, which are bound with thread just above the bridge; the horsehair and thread are both tied to spike below the body. Bow: consists of an angled piece of wood, the hairs are bound on with rope at the heel, and pass through a hole at the point where they are securely knotted.

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