kantele (Traditional Finnish plucked psaltery)

~ String instrument

Description

Traditional and mythological psaltery of Finland, it comes in two versions; the oldest, a one piece bridge-less psaltery with 5 to 20 originally horsehair, later metal, strings and a modern "Concert" box-zither variant with a switch mechanism to alter the up to 40 strings sharps and flats.

Relationships

from: Finland
part of: Baltic psalteries (Family of Baltic box-zithers)
related instruments: gusli (Traditional Russian plucked psaltery)
kanklės (Traditional Lithuanian plucked psaltery)
kannel (Traditional Estonian plucked psaltery)
kokle (Traditional Latvian plucked psaltery)
Wikidata: Q145840 [info]
information page: http://www.kantele.net/ [info]