Kamanjah

Kamanjah

The kamanjah (Arabic: كمنجة; plural كمنجات, kamanjāt; pronounced kamangah in Egypt, and also known as jose) is an Arab violin made from half a coconut and covered with sheep hide or fish skin). This instrument is played holding it in the lap, sitting on the floor cross-legged. One to four strings pass down a long, un-fretted neck and over a small, spherical, wooden body covered with skin (sheep hide or fish skin). It is one of the predecessor's of the medieval lute, and is part of the spike family of instruments (so named for the spike that originates from the bottom of the sound-box and props on the floor.).

The term kamanjah may also be used to refer to the violin.

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