Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item KMS_DE-977-331-001 - Dulcimer

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CA KMS KMS_DE-977-331-001

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The body of this object is made from two piece of oblong shaped wood which have grooves running down the front and two dips down the back. The lid and body of the instrument are meant to look like butterfly wings when they are open and lying side by side. These wooden pieces make up the case in which the instrument is held. The lid of the object is removable and does not sit level on the top of the instrument. There is a large crack running down the center of the lid also. The whole case is made of a wood that has been painted a dark brown color with a glossy finish. Some of the paint has chipped away revealing the wood beneath. On the front side of the bottom of the base there is a small brown wooden block inserted into the wood which can presumably be removed. When the lid is taken off it is hollow underneath. The instrument comprises the bottom piece of the case being built directly on top of the bottom. The two ends of the instrument have holes drilled into the woods that are three across. Within the holes are many square toped and pointed tip brass pieces on one side and circular toped pointed tip brass pieces in the other. Two long triangular pieces of wood divide the pegs from the main body of the instrument. The main body of the instrument is a flat oil finished piece of wood. Attached to the top of this wood are two circular wooden rings with carved ivory inserts. Two long rectangular pieces of wood with square teeth are set on the top of the instrument but can be moved. There is some red glue type material which is presumably where these wooden pieces were held in place.

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Okanagan Heritage Museum

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192.5 KiB


November 5, 2015 3:20 PM

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