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"Sun and Moon" Fiddle

ca. 1935
Origin: America, Southeast, Virginia
24 7/8" x 12 1/4" x 3 3/4"
Wood (juniper, beech, mahogany) and metal
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1993.708.2
This instrument has a donut-shaped body with faceted cut-outs at regular intervals along the perimeter edge of the top and bottom and a wooden disk representing the sun mounted at the center on two pieces of wire. Four circular elements mounted at the "corners" of the body each have a partial disk mounted in the center on two wires to represent phases of the moon. This has a scrolled headstock, conventional violin neck, and tailpiece.
Provenance:Purchased by CW from J. Roderick Moore (Ferrum, VA) in 1993. Prior history unknown.