• Description
  • A twelve-string zither sounded by plucking the strings with the bare fingers. The instrument has a long, hollow wooden body, flat sides and under-surface of dark-stained wood, arched upper surface of medium light coarse grained wood. The under-surface is raised off the ground slightly by short legs at either end. Twelve tightly wound silk strings run parallel to the body length and are attached at one end with thick dark blue cords. The string... more
    A twelve-string zither sounded by plucking the strings with the bare fingers. The instrument has a long, hollow wooden body, flat sides and under-surface of dark-stained wood, arched upper surface of medium light coarse grained wood. The under-surface is raised off the ground slightly by short legs at either end. Twelve tightly wound silk strings run parallel to the body length and are attached at one end with thick dark blue cords. The strings pass over twelve separate movable bridges which are linked to each other with a thin yellow string. The instrument is played either by plucking with thumb, index and middle fingers or by flicking the index finger of the right hand. A head piece and tail piece are attached to the body of the instrument of medium to dark-stained wood. This kayagûm is one of two made in 1997 by Intangible Cultural Asset Instrument Maker Ko, Heung Kon of Seoul, Korea and donated to the UW Ethnomusicology Division by him in the fall of 1997. (The estimated value... less
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