Shudraga or Shanz

 

The Shudraga or Shanz is a Mongolian three stringed fretless lute. It has a circular wooden frame with a snakeskin covering stretched over both faces. The Shanz is used to accompany folk song and in Mongolian music ensembles. It can also be used to accompany the biylegee dance in the west of Mongolia.

 

The Shanz strings are made of Nylon (used to be silk) and are plucked with a plectrum traditionally made of wood or plastic and looks remarkably like a pen top.

 

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