Text: Possibly created in the White
Mountain Reservation. This two-stringed bowed zither
was used for personal enjoyment or to entertain at
home with songs and dances. The hollowed agave stalk
body is decorated with traditional designs, and the
strings attached to the ends of the tube are of horsehair.
As it is the only Native-American bowed instrument
known, it remains unclear as to whether it is indigenous
or of European derivation.
Citation: Metropolitan Museum of Art
online Page: accessed 24 July 2005
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