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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
dulcimer
place made
United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
1996.0276.14
accession number
1996.0276
catalog number
1996.0276.14
collector/donor number
D44
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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