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Jew's harp (chang-qobuz)

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Handle of copper alloy around core of wood, decorated with nickel silver wire and inset with two teardrop-shaped pieces of red glass and small red and blue glass beads. Frame and prong of iron.


Before 2003, acquired in Istanbul by a French dealer; by 2003, sold by this French dealer to Tony Bingham, London, England; 2004, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 2004)

Credit Line

William Lindsey Fund, by exchange


Object Place

Probably Northern Afghanistan


Length 19 cm ( 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, copper, nickel silver, iron, colored glass


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones