Type: Chordophones > Arched Harp.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 322.12
Country: Far East Siberia, Russian Federation.
Region: Eurasia & Far East Asia.
Description: The khutang [literally “swan”, also called Ostyak harp, kiotang, sotang, shotang] is a type of harp played by the Khanty and Mansi people of Siberia. The khutang and the nares-jux lyre comprise the only two indigenous string instruments of Northern Siberia. The khutang is bow-shaped and often surmounted by a carven animal head, often a swan. It is generally described as having between nine and thirteen strings.
The Mansi also referred to the instrument as taryghsyp yiv (“wooden crane-neck”).
A similar, swan-shaped, but only two-stringed, harp is played by the Narym Selkup people of Siberia, and may have been based on the Ostyak harp.
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