Hardanger Fiddle

Description (Brief)
This Hardanger fiddle, or hardingfele, was made in Telemark, Norway around 1890. It has four bowed and four sympathetic strings. This instrument is in a very good state of preservation, with the original neck, tailpiece, pegs and interior body features intact. The fingerboard and tailpiece are decorated en suite with circular bone inlay forming diamond patterns. This fiddle is made of a two-piece table of cedar, one-piece back of slab-cut birch with broad irregular figure descending to the left, ribs of plain birch, neck of plain birch is terminated in an ornamental pegbox and stylized carved dragon head, ink representation of decorative purfling, and a transparent yellow varnish.
Currently not on view
Object Name
hardanger fiddle
Date made
ca 1890
Physical Description
cedar (table material)
birch (back material)
overall: 23 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in x 3 7/8 in; 59.69 cm x 19.685 cm x 9.8425 cm
Place Made
Norge: Telemark
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mary E. Maxwell
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