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Tsii'edo'a'tl

Maker:
Athabascan Family
Date:
19th century
Geography:
Arizona, United States
Culture:
Native American (Apache)
Medium:
Agave flower stalk, wood, paint, horsehair
Dimensions:
Tsii'edo'a'tl: 17 5/16 × 5 1/4 × 3 3/4 in. (44 × 13.3 × 9.5 cm)
Bow: 3 1/8 × 5/8 × 21 in. (7.9 × 1.6 × 53.3 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2631a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 684
The Apache name for this two-stringed bowed zither means "wood that sings." Held against the chest or stomach and bowed like European fiddles, it is used for personal enjoyment or to entertain at home with songs and dances. The hollowed agave stalk body is decorated with traditional designs, and the strings attached to the ends of the tube are of horsehair. As it is the only Native-American bowed instrument, it remains unclear as to whether it is indigenous or of European derivation.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, p. 150, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Oceanica and America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1913, vol. II, pg. 106, ill.

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