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GUEST,josepp Our debt to Central Asia (musical instruments) (16) RE: Our debt to Central Asia (musical instruments) 07 May 12


The lady on the right plays a kokyu which has silk strings and is played with a horsehair bow same as the Arabic fiddle--the kemenche. The Japanese inherited the instrument from China but quickly made it a distinctly Japanese instrument. Notice that it even has a spike on the bottom same as the kemenche or "spiked fiddle" indicating a similar genesis. The spike is the forerunner of the end pins used on cellos and double basses.

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