Fiddle

19th century


Object Place: Sri Lanka

Dimensions

Length 87.6 cm, width 16.5 cm, depth 12.3 cm (Length 34 1/2 in., width 6 1/2 in., depth 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.2169

Medium or Technique

Wood, snakeskin

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Hemispherical body of gourd with belly of reptile skin tacked on with band of red cloth around perimeter. Body pierced by neck of black painted wood, terminating in hook shape above pegbox. Four lateral tuning pegs of wood, painted black. Later copper strings tied to bulbous peg piercing lower end of neck spike. Later flat bridge of wood painted black.

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection