Kamanja Bow


Bow for Greek fiddle; lyra; lera. This bow was made by an unknown maker in the Caucasus, probably 19th century. It is a kamanja bow made of a hand-hewn stick and extended frog of hardwood in one piece. Horsehair is tied to the tip and attached to the frog with a wrapping of twisted cloth. This flexible “bandage” allowed the player to adjust hair tension.

Date Made: 1800 - 1899

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Hon. W. W. Rockhill

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.203721aCatalog Number: 203721aAccession Number: 35565

Object Name: bow

Physical Description: wood (overall material)cloth (overall material)horsehair (overall material)Measurements: overall: 18 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 1/8 in; 46.99 cm x 6.35 cm x 2.8575 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-595b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_605650

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