Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item CVM_989.102.15,.19-.21 - Fiddle

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CA CVM CVM_989.102.15,.19-.21

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Wood; metal; intestine; skin, snake. Length-143 cm, Width-14 cm, Peg Length-13 cm

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This three-stringed instrument has a long, thin, wooden neck curved like a cello, the head being scroll like. Three hexagonal pegs fit into the head to hold the strings made of gut. On the neck, near to the head, a bridge made of bone is held by more gut; this is also called the "gold horse". The body, a flat rounded but roughly rectangular shape, is made of wood open at both ends but covered with snake skin. Metal bands hold the snakeskin in place. The strings are attached to the body with a bone "toggle" and wire clips.

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This instrument was found in the basement of Wallace Carter (of Carter's Music Store) after his death. It is believed it may have come from Duncan's Chinatown.


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172.3 KiB


December 17, 2015 10:10 AM

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