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This gusle was made by an unknown maker in Bosnia, Yugoslavia, probably 19th century. It has a table of hide (missing) stretched and fastened to the body with 19 pins (16 missing), body, neck and stylized horse with rider of one-piece hardwood, one hardwood tuning peg; instrument is not varnished.

This instrument has a spoon-shaped body with an elongated narrow neck terminating in a carving of a mounted horseman, with no further ornamentation. The horseman is possibly a stylized representation of Milos Obilic, a 14th-century Serbian folk-hero known for defending his country against the invading Turks.

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Object Name
date made
19th century
place made
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bosnian
Physical Description
hardwood (overall material)
overall: 5 3/4 in x 29 3/8 in x 8 1/2 in; 14.605 cm x 74.6125 cm x 21.59 cm
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catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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