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Box zithers; psaltery

Kokle, box zither or psaltery. The back and sides in the form of an irregular trapezium are carved from a single piece of lime wood. The sound-board is of spruce with three decorated roses. The saddle holding the metal tailpiece bar and the finial are of apple wood, as is the key for turning the tuning pegs. Thirteen wire strings are attached to the tailpiece at one end and to rear-entrant sagittal tuning pegs at the other. The strings are arranged in a divergent pattern. The instrument is covered with incised decoration in traditional patterns.

  • Measurements: overall: 654 x 226 x 75 mm