Horsehead Fiddle: The First Violin?
The Connection of Violin and Horse
This is a tale from the book On the Trail of Genghis Khan by Tim Cope. On his trek, he stays the night in a yurt with a Mongolian family. The matriarch pulls out a stringed instrument known as the morin khuur, or horsehead fiddle.
“Boasting a trapezoid-shaped box, carved horsehead at the top of a long stem and two long, parallel strings – mare’s – it had been handcrafted in a tradition probably unbroken for at least a millennium.”