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Da sanxian (large sanxian or san-hsien), large long-necked lute, Chinese

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Object name
Maker
maker: Anonymous
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Object number
RCM0257
Acquisition
Acquisition information not known.

Description

Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments describes the instrument as a ‘Long-necked lute of the Han Chinese’; the three strings, tuned a 4th and a 5th apart, are plucked with the fingernails or a plectrum. Consists of a long neck that possibly extends through the body and has a ‘spatula-shaped scroll’; three fluted and tapered pegs inserted from opposite sides of the peg box; oval-shaped body covered on both sides with ?snake skin.

Dimensions

Overall length: 1155mm. Projecting neck length 935mm. Body: approx. 220mm by 180mm, 86mm deep

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