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chargia (stringed instrument)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • chargia (stringed instrument), mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Bosanski Šamac, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • wood, wire, carving, woodburning
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 102 x 20.5 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 40 1/8 x 8 1/16 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift of Alfred E. Johnson
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2970

The guitar-like stringed instrument has a straight neck and deep resonating chamber with three small holes. The wire frets are wrapped around the long neck, with pegs at the distal end and one peg at the proximal end. There is a short bridge between two of the holes and the wire strings are attached over a small wedge at the end of the chamber. The top of the chamber is decorated with woodburned designs, small chevrons (which look a bit like bird tracks) and leaf-like designs.

The instrument is a light natural color.