Type: Chordophones > Spike > Fiddles > Huqins > Bowed.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.313.7
Bayin: 絲 Silk.
Country: Guangxi Province, China.
Region: Far East Asia.
Description: The maguhu [in Chinese: Traditional 馬骨胡; simplified: 马骨胡; pinyin: mǎgǔhú] is a Chinese bowed string instrument in the huqin family of musical instruments. It is used in the ensemble that accompanies guiju [桂剧; Guangxi opera] and is also used in the bayin [八音] ensemble of the Zhuang people along with the tuhu, huluhu, sanxian, drums, cymbals, and other instruments.
Etymology: The instrument’s name is derived from the Chinese words mǎ gǔ, meaning “horse bone,” and hú is short for huqin.The maguhu is used primarily by the Zhuang and Buyei peoples of the southern Chinese province of Guangxi.
Construction: The maguhu has two strings, the sound box is made from the femur bone of a horse or alternatively a cow or mule. The front end of the sound box is covered with snake skin or alternatively, shark or frog skin. The end of the neck is carved in the shape of a horse’s head.
Citations: Websites: Chinese Language article from e56.com.cn ;