Work Record Linked to Concept Authority [Figure 11]

Work Record

Class [controlled] decorative arts • musical instruments • Native American art
*Work Type [link] kízh kízh díhí
*Title Tzii'edo' a 'tl (Apache Fiddle) | Title Type: repository
Title: Kízh kízh díhí | Title Type: alternate
*Creator display unknown Athabascan family, Apache tribe
*Role [controlled]: artist | [link]: unknown
*Creation Date 19th century
[controlled]: Earliest: 1800; Latest: 1899
*Subject [links to authorities] object (utilitarian) • music • entertainment
Culture [link] Athabascan (Apache)
*Current Location [link] Metropolitan Museum
(New York, New York, United States) | ID: 89.4.2631 a,b
Creation Location [link] White Mountain Reservation (Southwest Culture Area, Arizona, United States)
*Measurements 44.5 cm (length) x 9 cm (diameter) (17 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches); bow length: 40.7 cm (16 inches)
[controlled]: Extent: zither; Value: 44.5; Unit: cm;
Type: length | Value: 9; Unit: cm; Type: diameter |
Extent: bow; Value: 40.7; Unit: cm; Type: length
*Materials and Techniques agave flower stalk,wood, paint, horsehair
Material [link]: agave • stalk • wood • paint
• horsehair
Description Note Possibly created in the White
Mountain Reservation. This two-stringed bowed zither
was used for personal enjoyment or to entertain at
home with songs and dances. The hollowed agave
stalk body is decorated with traditional designs, and
the strings attached to the ends of the tube are of
Description Source [link] Metropolitan Museum of
Art online. (accessed
February 1, 2004).

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Concept Authority Record

*Terms kízh kízh díhí (preferred, singular)
kízh kízh díhís (preferred, plural)
tzii'edo' a 'tl
Apache fiddle
Navajo violin
*Hierarchical position [links] Objects Facet
.... Furnishings and Equipment
........ Sound Devices
............... chordophones
...................... kízh kízh díhís
*Note Zitherlike instruments of the White Mountain
and San Carlos Apache of Arizona and the Diegueño
of California, consisting of a hollowed out mescal or
other stalk either split lengthwise or whole, with one
or two horsehair strings stretched over small rectangular
bridges, one at each end. They are held horizontally
with one end resting on the chest or abdomen,
and played with a horsehair bow.
*Source [link] Art & Architecture Thesaurus (1988-).

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CREDIT: Tzii’edo’ a ’tl (Apache Fiddle), 19th century;
Made by Athabascan Family, Apache Tribe; possibly White Mountain
Reservation, Southwest Culture Area, Arizona, United States of
America; Agave flower stalk, wood, paint, horse hair; length
17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm); diameter 3 1/2 in. (9 cm); bowl L. 16 in.
(40.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Crosby Brown
Collection of Musical Instruments, 1989 (89.4.2631 a, b).
Photograph © 1990 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.