Hardanger Fiddle, Isak Nielsen (Skaar) Botnen (Norwegian, 1669–1759), Pine, birch, and other woods, bone, lignum vitae and mother-of-pearl inlay., Norwegian

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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 684
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.