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: 22 3/16 × 7 1/4 in. (56.4 × 18.4 cm)

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.