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Hardanger Fiddle

Maker:
Isak Nielsen (Skaar) Botnen (Norwegian, 1669–1759)
Maker:
Trond Isaksen Flatebø (Norwegian, 1713–1772)
Date:
1756
Geography:
Western Norway, Hardanger Region, Norway
Culture:
Norwegian
Medium:
Pine, birch, and other woods, bone, lignum vitae and mother-of-pearl inlay.
Dimensions:
22 3/16 × 7 1/4 in. (56.4 × 18.4 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Alice Getty, 1946
Accession Number:
46.34.7a
Not on view
Though the hardingfele was known as early as about 1650, Botnen maker of this instrument was responsible for the tradition that continues today.
Marking: Inkwritten label (not legible)
Henry Harrison Getty ; Alice Getty
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, pp. 94-95, ill.

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