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Fiddle (kízh kízh díhí) and bow

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Cylindrical body of reddish colored mescal (?) stalk with longitudinal striations. Rod of wood pierces body end-to-end with twisted gut string tied to each end. Bow of ash (?) with eighteen strands of black horsehair set into notches at each end and bound with sinew.


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 29.3 cm, diameter 6.2 cm (Length 11 9/16 in., 2 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mescal stalk (?), ash (?)


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones