Single-Bouted Plucked Dulcimer

Single-Bouted Plucked Dulcimer

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Description (Brief)
This single bouted, plucked dulcimer has three strings with fifteen frets. Although its maker and date are unknown, various characteristics link it with either Virginia or Tennessee. The instrument is painted black with red decoration and purfling, wavy lines on the ribs, lines on the tuning head, and dots and crosses on the belly. Its scroll-carved tuning head is notched like the base and cut with molding planes on the sides; however, the back is unfinished. Twelve round soundholes are situated four on each side of fingerboard, with four in the fingerboard itself.
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United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 8 cm x 16.5 cm x 83 cm; 3 1/8 in x 6 1/2 in x 32 11/16 in
overall: 3 1/2 in x 6 5/8 in x 32 3/4 in; 8.89 cm x 16.8275 cm x 83.185 cm
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National Museum of American History
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