Single-Bouted Plucked Dulcimer

Single-Bouted Plucked Dulcimer

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Description (Brief)
This single-bouted, plucked dulcimer’s maker, origin, and date are unknown, but it is thought to be post-1940. It has a narrow shape and truncated tailpiece with a representation of a bird for the scroll. The absence of frets may be the result of its having been refinished. Other details support that theory including scarred wood showing underneath a subsequent finish, elegantly carved tuning pegs that do not look grooved from the pressure of winding strings, and the lack of wear in the area where instrument would have been strummed.
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wood (overall material)
overall: 9 cm x 13 cm x 80 cm; 3 9/16 in x 5 1/8 in x 31 1/2 in
overall: 3 7/16 in x 4 7/8 in x 31 1/2 in; 8.73125 cm x 12.3825 cm x 80.01 cm
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National Museum of American History
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