Hardanger Fiddle

Maker: Isak Nielsen (Skaar) Botnen (Norwegian, 1669–1759)

Maker: Trond Isaksen Flatebø (Norwegian, 1713–1772)

Date: 1756

Geography: Western Norway, Hardanger Region, Norway

Culture: Norwegian

Medium: Pine, birch, and other woods, bone, lignum vitae and mother-of-pearl inlay.

Dimensions: W. 18.4 x L. 56.4cm (7 1/4 x 22 3/16in.); Body L. 33.6 cm (13.23 in.)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted

Credit Line: Gift of Miss Alice Getty, 1946

Accession Number: 46.34.7a


Though the hardingfele was known as early as about 1650, Botnen maker of this instrument was responsible for the tradition that continues today.