This instrument is a one-string, spike-bowl fiddle made with a flat gourd resonator, covered with reptile skin pinned to the gourd edges. The skin has a soundhole cut at the "treble" side near the edge of the resonator, hemmed with plaited rattan. The neck is made of wood and the string is made of dark horsehair attached through leather strips at the neck and tailpiece/spike. The wooden bridge is of trestle type and it has a cord that attaches to the neck to prevent loss. There is a small leather handle.
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- Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.311-7 Spike bowl lutes sounded by bowing
- Repository:Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
- Measurements:Height: 660mm; Diameter: 210mm; Depth: 110mm