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body: wood, with a gourd resonator; L. 97.5cm
strings: 1, steel

A single-stringed harp. A flexible bracket extends vertically from one end of the body, and a string attached at its base is streched from the resonator to the body, running diagonally. The instrument is played with a large plectrum, pitch being adjusted by moving the bracket with the left hand, thereby changing string tension. Long ago the instrument was used by blind men to accompany stories.

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