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Lyra

Date:
20th century (?)
Geography:
Greece?
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Wood, ivory, horn?
Dimensions:
L. 40.2 cm (15 13/16 in.); W. 14 cm (5 1/2 in.); D. 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Alice Getty, 1946
Accession Number:
46.34.37
Not on view
Known also as Kamānja rūmī (Byzantine fiddle) this pear-shaped bowed instrument is found on the Greek islands (Dodecanese and Crete). This is decorated with a pompom at the lower end and long rear pegs that gives the back the appearance of a rabbit. On the northern mainland (Thrace and Macedonia) and rectangular-shaped instrument, Turkish influenced the Pontic lyra is found.
Alice Getty ; Henry Harrison Getty
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