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Kamāncheh [k‘aman, kamancha, kamanche, kamanja, k‘emanch‘a, kemanche, kemence] (Pers. ‘little bow’)locked

  • Jean During,
  • Robert Atayan,
  • Johanna Spector,
  • Scheherazade Qassim Hassan
  •  and R. Conway Morris


Term applied to various types of fiddle found mainly in Iran, the Caucasus and Turkey. The word kamāncheh is documented from the 10th century, and the instrument probably reached Byzantium in the 11th or 12th century via Anatolia. Related instruments are found in Arab countries (...

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