Student-type instrument. Good for learning. Carving relatively simple. Average wood quality.
Medium to the professional quality instrument. Good for learning and playing concerts. Carving is detailed. Quality of wood is good. Rich sound.
The instrument for the real professional, enthusiast and/or collector. Very detailed carving and details. Very high-quality wood. Deep and rich sound.
What is Morin Khuur?
The morin khuur (Mongolian: морин хуур), also known as the horsehead fiddle, is a traditional Mongolian bowed stringed instrument. It is one of the most important musical instruments of the Mongol people and is considered a symbol of the Mongolian nation. The morin khuur is one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity identified by UNESCO The morin khuur is a piece of art. Handcrafted from start to finish, these instruments are full of detail and just breath traditional Mongolian culture. It’s a stunning instrument to look at and a beautiful instrument to listen to.
Historically, the origin of Morin Khuur(Horse-head Fiddle) has been defined by Mongols folklore and musicians. Firstly, different legends about the origin of Horse-Head Fiddle, namely, Хөхөө Намжилын домог”, “Аргасун хуурчийн домог”, “Жонон харын домог” had been popular among the Mongolian people for a long period of time. The main idea of the legends was primarily about great relationships between humans and horses.
For musicians, Horse-Head Fiddle means big language or ‘ikel’ instruments, which played for telling horse’s tales with a long neck of Morin khuur and a bucket-shaped feature covered with camel, goat, or sheepskins. This kind of bucket-shaped Morin Huurs are still used in Western Mongolia. Morin Khuurs are different from regions to regions, they can vary in forms and shapes representing horses, humans, lions and crocodile’s heads on the instruments.
The French Scientist M. Each suggested that the origin of Morin Khuur can be dated back to the ancient times and linked to the turtle’s footage. However, his arty ideas have not been traced due to a lack of proof.
In conclusion, Khuur and Ikel were existent in ancient Mongolia and different forms of animals and humans head were carved on Morin khuur. What is more, the Mongolians perceived their horses not only as a means of transport but also as a valuable treasure by carving the horse’s head on their musical instruments.
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