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.
- Currently not on view
- 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
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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