One string fiddle whose bridge has fallen out in transit and the bow made of Ruga (Sinew) is missing. This is made of calfskin over a tin (in the past it was made of wood). It was made by a male craftsman who also carves stools and lives at kairi. Such fiddle are used by young men at meetings places or when walking around (learners practice at home) or played as a sort of language. They sing praises to famous men of the past or sing special songs that the listeners have to guess what they are. Each young unmarried man tries his hand in turn, the one who guesses correctly plays next to the women who sometimes listen but do not play.


  • Title: Fiddle
  • Location: Kenya
  • Type: Fiddle
  • Rights: National Museums of Kenya
  • Medium: Wood, Gourd
  • Photographer: Gibsphotography
  • Local Name: Wandindi
  • Community: Kikuyu
  • Collection Date: 1969-02-11
  • Collected By: Samuel Munyambu

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