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charango (guitar)
  • Peru
  • charango (guitar), late 1800s–1966
  • Where object was made: Peru
  • wood, wire, metal, carving, staining, inlay
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 47.5 x 14 x 7.5 cm
    Length/Width/Depth: 18 11/16 x 5 1/2 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4880

The small guitar-like instrument has ten strings and ten pegs at the back of the handle end. The body of the guitar has a light brown front, the sides are dark brown and the neck is dark brown. The end with pegs and the pegs themselves are light brown. There is a dark ring around the opening on the body with light natural colored diamonds. There is a small bird shape below and a chevron at either side of the bridge.