This kamanja was made by an unknown maker in the Caucasus, probably 19th century. It has a one-piece table of pine with “slit” soundholes burned into the wood along with crude ornamental geometric designs in upper and lower bouts, the body, neck and “leaf” pegbox are fashioned from one piece of softwood; body painted a reddish-brown color; table is unvarnished.

The Kamanja has Islamic origins beginning in the 10th century and is popular in Turkey and the Black Sea region. This instrument has a long, slender box shape with three strings fastened at a leaf-shaped pegbox.

Date Made: 19th century

Location: Currently not on view

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Related Publication: Densmore, Frances. Handbook of the Collection of Musical Instruments in the United States National Museum.

Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Geo. J. Engelmann

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.072976Catalog Number: 72976Accession Number: 13300

Object Name: kamanja

Physical Description: wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 23 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 59.055 cm x 8.89 cm x 8.255 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-57ec-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_605647

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