Hmong fiddle

Traditionally the Hmong two string spike fiddle (xim saus or nkao lao nja) has a finely carved dragon head and a beaker-shaped wooden resonator covered with snake skin.  (The Hmong term used in Thailand means ‘old song mouth harp’). It no doubt originated from the Chinese huqin family. Sometimes one of the two strings is run through the bow so that each side of the horsehair sounds one string. The instrument is normally played solo, traditionally for courting, now more often for entertainment.

collection Victoria Vorreiter

A modern home-made instrument, the resonator consisting of a tin can.

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