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Musical instruments made from trees, horsehair and goat intestines

At the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century, musical instruments in Uzbekistan were different.‌‌

Musicians made up corporations, which, like artisans’ guilds, had their own lifestyle rules. Musical instruments were made most often of mulberry, apricot and walnut. Brass, copper and bronze were also used. Silk threads, horsehair, as well as dried sheep or goat intestines were used for strings. There was a special focus on the decoration of instruments: they were decorated with carvings and intarsia.

You can learn more about the topic in the book-album "The Collection of the Czech Republic" (Volume XVI) in the series "Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in the World Collections".

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