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Hardanger Fiddle

Date:
1786
Geography:
Norway
Culture:
Norwegian
Medium:
Wood, mother-of-pearl, ebony, bone
Dimensions:
Height: 24 7/16 in. (62 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted
Credit Line:
Purchase, Frederick M. Lehman Bequest, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.268
Not on view
The Hardanger fiddle of western Norway has a violin form but features a fanciful scroll, a highlly decorative fingerboard and tailpiece, ink designs on front and back and sympathetic strings that run through the bridge and under the fingerboard. Isak N. Botnen (1669-1759) and his son Trond Botnen made both standard violins and Hardanger fiddles.
[ Wurlitzer-Bruck , New York]
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, pp. 94-95, ill.



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