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This is a two-string, Chinese spike-fiddle with a cylindrical wooden tube resonator and a snake skin soundtable, glued with a layer of black resin. The tuning pegs, strings and bridge are missing.

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  • Decorative elements:Ivory or bone overlay on top of the neck.
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.313-7 Spike tube lutes played by bowing
  • Repository:Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
  • Measurements:Height: 460mm; Width: 105mm; Diameter: 53mm