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date: 15 December 2019

Arbab [marbab]locked

  • Margaret J. Kartomi



Spike fiddle of the Batak Karo and Batak Toba areas in North Sumatra. Its spike and neck are made of wood, and the body is made of a coconut shell hemisphere, 8 to 15 cm in diameter, its opening covered with goat skin. The top of the neck, above the long lateral tuning pegs, is sometimes decorated with a carved scroll. The two strings (sometimes only one), made of strands of pineapple leaf, are about 75 cm long and pass over a low bridge located high on the skin belly. The curved spike is angled at the end to rest flat on the ground, where it is supported by the seated player’s foot. The horsehair of the wooden bow is tightened by the player’s bowing hand....

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