Apkhyarta

Name: Apkhyarta.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes > Bowed.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.7
Scale Length: in mm.
Frets: Fretless.
Strings: 2.
Area: Abkhazia.
Country: Georgia.
Region: Caucasus.

Description: The Apkhyarta [Ap’hyarsta] is a bowed long necked lute having one or two strings from Abkhazia. Has a spindle narrow-shaped frame and it is played with a bow. The Apkhyarta is usually carved from alder wood.