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Description (Brief)

This gusle was made by an unknown maker in the Sandak region, Yugoslavia probably 19th century. It is made of a table of hide stretched over the “spoon” body and fastened with 31 hardwood pins, body, neck and head carved from a single piece of hardwood, the instrument not varnished.

This single-string fiddle bears a spoon-shaped body, neck and stylized animal head, all carved from one piece of hardwood. The geometric pattern cut into the neck and the pyramid-shaped finials on the two ears of the head on this instrument are features common to gusles from the mountainous Sandzak region of the Montenegro republic in the southwestern region of the former Yugoslavia.

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Date made
19th century
place made
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
animal skin (overall material)
overall: 32 1/4 in x 9 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 81.915 cm x 23.495 cm x 11.43 cm
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National Museum of American History
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