Purchased in Taormina, Sicily, 1965 (Far left )

From Graciela's Notes

To us it is known as a Jaw Harp or Jew’s Harp. But this one is from the Italian island of Sicily. It is a folk instrument of uncertain age and origin but it was already well known during the European Middle Ages. The note it produces depends entirely upon the dimensions of its vibrating tongue. The metal harps make a much louder twanging sound than do the bamboo harps. It can produce interesting effects with the one note it produces by regulating the breath. It is used in other countries of Europe-Norway, for instance. I bought this harp in the charming town of Taormina, Sicily while visiting the Roman ruins and Amphitheater. I was on a visit to the islands of Sicily and Sardinia during Easter 1965.

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