Violin Bow

Production date
Circa 1920

Object detail

A timber violin bow specially shaped with other material forming a ribbon (horsehair) stretched between its ends, which is used to stroke the string and create sound. The bow is made of Pernambuco wood mounted with ebony and sterling silver by A.H Sleath of Brisbane circa 1920's.
CH classification MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS String violin
Production date
Circa 1920
Production place
Media/Materials description
Silver, ebony, hair
History and use
This violin was played in an Austrian orchestra that toured Australia during the mid-1800's, and was later played by A.G. Fleischmann in the Ipswich Concert Society Orchestra in the 1930's. One of the most prominent solo, ensemble and orchestral instruments in Western art music, the violin as it is known today was developed in early 16th century Europe. It was and is widely used in art and folk genres throughout Europe and the Western world. It was also introduced and subsequently modified in parts of Asia and the Americas.

To play, the violin is held under the chin with the scroll pointing laterally outward from the body. The left hand stops the strings to define the pitches while the right hand activates the strings with a bow. The strings may also be plucked or hit with the bow-frame.
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