Hourglass-Shaped Plucked Dulcimer

Hourglass-Shaped Plucked Dulcimer

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Description (Brief)
This plucked dulcimer has double bouts, creating an hourglass shape. It has an unknown maker, date, and place of origin, but its dimensions are evocative of the Huntington tradition of dulcimer making. It has heartshaped sound holes, two on each side of the fretboard at top and bottom. Its three strings are fretted on seventeen frets. Its ribs are nailed to the tailpiece and tuning head, the tuning head has two flutes and a slight hump, and the base of the tuning head, where it meets the back, is tapered.
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United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 8 cm x 19 cm x 88 cm; 3 1/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 34 5/8 in
overall: 3 7/16 in x 7 1/2 in x 35 in; 8.73125 cm x 19.05 cm x 88.9 cm
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National Museum of American History
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