Saturday, September 6, 2008


The ''maguhu'' is a Chinese string instrument in the ''huqin'' family of instruments. It has two strings and its sound box is made from the femur bone of a horse . The front end of the sound box is covered with snake skin , and the end of the neck is carved in the shape of a horse's head.

The ''maguhu'' is used primarily by the Zhuang and Buyei peoples of the southern Chinese province of Guangxi. It is used in the ensemble that accompanies ''guiju'' and is also used in the ''bayin'' ensemble of the Zhuang people .

The instrument's name is derived from the Chinese words ''mǎ gǔ'', meaning "horse bone," and ''hú'' .

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