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Fiddle (kízh kízh díhí) and bow

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Cylindrical body constructed of two hollowed out halves of agave (?) stalk painted yellow and bound near each end with cotton cord. Lump of rosin (?) adhered to one end. Rod of wood pierces body end-to-end with about six strands (two intact) of black horsehair tied to each end. Painted...

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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

White Mountain Apache people, 19th century

Object Place

Arizona, United States


Length 31.5 cm, diameter 4.3 cm (Length 12 3/8 in., diameter 1 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Agave stalk, reed


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones