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Violin
RXII.0417
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The horsehead fiddle (khuur) is a unique example of Mongolian cultural heritage with an ancient history. This piece is a striking example of this most highly loved musical instrument used by the Mongolian herders for centuries.

History of the Object
The Mongolian Khuur is a string instrument played by men to accompany song-recitation, especially the Mongolian ‘long song’. The violin has a long wooden fingerboard that passes through a trapezoid soundbox and supports two horsehair strings.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
Wood, horsehair and leather 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Uknown 
Creator date
Uknown 
Where it was made
Chahar 
Geography
Mongolia 
Time period
- BCE 
Creation date
Uknown 
Function
Musical instrument 
Acquisition
The horsehead violin, named morin khuur was also obtained in November 1938 in Chahar.  
Copyright
The National Museum of Denmark 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The National Museum of Denmark 
Museum
National Museum of Denmark 
Credit line
Photographer Roberto Fortuna 

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