kanklės (Traditional Lithuanian plucked psaltery)

~ String instrument

Description

Oldest instrument of Lithuania, it is made of a special tree in a trapezoid shape, it has a metalbar and wooden pegs at each side were 5 to 12 strings are strung.

Annotation

Variations are as follows:

* North-eastern Aukštaitians: Being the most ancient form it is simply carved of a single piece of wood.
* Western Aukštaitians and Samogitians: Larger than the oldest, it has between eight and twelve strings and sometimes has a stylized carved bird or fish tail.
* North-western Samogitians and Suvalkians: The version folk concert kanklės are based on, it is the most decorated with carved spiral ornaments.

Annotation last modified on 2018-03-04 13:43 UTC.

Relationships

from: Lithuania
part of: Baltic psalteries (Family of Baltic box-zithers)
related instruments: gusli (Traditional Russian plucked psaltery)
kannel (Traditional Estonian plucked psaltery)
kantele (Traditional Finnish plucked psaltery)
kokle (Traditional Latvian plucked psaltery)
Wikidata: Q2595197 [info]