• Description
  • The kokyu is a bowed spiked fiddle with three strings, very similar in construction to the shamisen. It is used as a solo instrument and was formerly used in the sankyoku ensemble before the 1890s, when it was replaced by the shakuhachi. The bow is approximately twice as long as the instrument. The bow is made of flexible wood and a thick bundle of white horse hair (As of 4/98 bow is not with the kokyu).This kokyu is made of brown wood and has... more
    The kokyu is a bowed spiked fiddle with three strings, very similar in construction to the shamisen. It is used as a solo instrument and was formerly used in the sankyoku ensemble before the 1890s, when it was replaced by the shakuhachi. The bow is approximately twice as long as the instrument. The bow is made of flexible wood and a thick bundle of white horse hair (As of 4/98 bow is not with the kokyu).This kokyu is made of brown wood and has a hollowed square-shaped body with a white skin covering top and bottom. There are three pegs on top of the neck, two on one side and one on the other side. The neck is constructed in 3 pieces and is joined at the midpoint and at the peghead. This instrument is presently in poor condition with ripped membranes (heads) on both sides, a broken tuning peg and a missing bow. less
  • Format
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    processed using Photoshop (resized to 550 pixels, quality level 5 label added)
    overall length 70.0 cmlength of body 15.9 cmwidth of body 14.6 cmdepth of body 7.3 cmwall thickness 1.0 cm length from peghead to body 46.0 cmwidth of fingerboard 1.9-2.1 cmstring length 45.0 cm (approx.)
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  • This Musical Instrument database is intended for educationaland instructional use