Hardanger violin and bow

Jorgen Knudsen (Norwegian, late 1830s)

Object Place: Hardanger, Norway


Length 56.2 cm, width 18.8 cm (Length 22 1/8 in., width 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, pine, walnut, bone

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Body of violin type. Back of maple, belly of pine; both are very highly arched. Two f-holes. Finger-board and tail-piece inlaid with walnut and bone checkered patterns. Neck and peg-box of maple; peg-box is bored for eight pegs, end with small violin-type scroll. Two sets of strings: (1) four playing strings of gut; (2) four sympathetic strings of thin steel wire passing under the finger-board through clearance space in the neck. Movable bridge with two vertical notched brass pieces, permitting the change of tension of sympathetic strings. Bass-bar and sound-post.


Manuscript label: Jorg Knudsen Nü[ri?...] / Fiolinmager ... / 1838


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