photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Local name: suka
Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
Maker: Kuczkowski Andrzej
Date: 2009
Village / Town: Warsaw
Region: Mazovia
Country: Poland
Owner: The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw
Inventory number: PME/3/KZ/1-2
Description: back plate, ribs, neck, pegbox and endpin carved from one piece; four strings; underside pegs; flat fingerboard; f-holes without crosswise cuts
Materials: wood, metal
Performance practice: played in the vertical position (hung over the shoulder on a string or leaned on the knee); players applied side string shortening (the so-called fingernail technique); the suka is known thanks to a watercolour painting by Stanisław Putiatycki (1840) depicing a man playing the instrument in the Mielec area
Catalog card by: Zbigniew J. Przerembski

suka (PME/3/KZ/1); rec. Museum of Sound

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