Name: Morsing.
Type: Jaw-Harp > Guimbards > Lamellaphones > Idiophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 121.222
Country: India.
Region: South Asia.

Description: A morsing [also mukharshanku, mourching, morching or morchang, in Telugu: మోర్సింగ్ in Kannada : ಮೋರ್ಸಿಂಗ್ Rajasthan : मोरचंग : in Tamil நாமுழவு அல்லது முகச்சங்கு : Malayalam : മുഖർശംഖ്].

The morsing is a type of jaw-harp that is mainly found in Rajasthan. It is also used Carnatic music of South India, and also in Sindh Pakistan. The morsing is classified under lamellaphones, which is a sub-category of plucked idiophones.

Construction: It consists of a metal ring in the shape of a horseshoe with two parallel forks which form the frame, and a metal tongue that is fixed in between the two forks, fixed to the ring at one end and free to vibrate at the other.

The metal tongue is bent at the open end in a plane perpendicular to the circular ring so that it can be struck and is made to vibrate. This bent part is called the lamella [tongue].


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