Morin Khuur

Name: Morin Khuur.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes > Spike > Huqins > Bowed.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.7
Tuning: F / Bb
Specimens: 2 in collection.
Country: Mongolia & Inner Mongolia, China.
Region: Far East Asia.

Description: The name morin khuur [in Mongolian: Морин хуур or ‘moriny tolgoit khuur’] is used to denote a fiddle having a horse head often with a dragon’s head underneath. Heads of dragon, birds, sea monsters etc. This iconography also found on Tibetan lutes.

Construction: The morin khuur is built around a trapezoid frame. A recent practice from violin luthery has been adapted being the addition of a sound post. This is to allow the ease transmission of sound through the body and the rest of the instrument. A neck is mounted later in the assembly process.

Having two friction tuning pegs on either side at the top of the instrument located right where the horses head would be. F-holes as seen on the violin are sometimes carved in to Morin khuur [as seen on my specimen].

Citations: Bibliography: Marsh, Peter K. 2004 ; Horse-Head Fiddle and the Cosmopolitan Reimagination of Mongolia ISBN 0-415-97156-X ; Santaro, Mikhail 1999 Морин Хуур – Хялгасны эзэрхийгч, available in Cyrillic ; ISBN 99929-5-015-3 and classical Mongolian script ISBN 7-80506-802-X Luvsannorov, Erdenechimeg 2003 Морин Хуурын арга билгийн арванхоёр эгшиглэн, ISBN 99929-56-87-9 ; Pegg, Carole 2003 Mongolian Music, Dance, and Oral Narrative: Recovering Performance Traditions [with audio CD] ISBN 978-0-295-98112-3 ;