Väinämöinen with his kantele. Väinämöinen is the central  character in the Finnish folklore and the main character  in the national epic Kalevala.

Väinämöinen with his kantele. Väinämöinen is the central character in the Finnish folklore and the main character in the national epic Kalevala.

The jouhikko is a traditional, 2 or 3 stringed bowed lyre, from Finland and Karelia. Its strings are traditionally of horsehair. The playing of this instrument died out in the early 20th century but has been revived and there are now a number of musicians playing it. The Jouhikko is also called jouhikannel or jouhikantele, meaning a bowed kantele. The strings are stopped by touching them with the back of the fingers (the knuckles or nails), as there is no fingerboard to press the strings…

The jouhikko is a traditional, 2 or 3 stringed bowed lyre, from Finland and…

A KANTELE in Finnish or harppu in Sami is a traditional plucked string instrument of the dulcimer and zither family native to Finland and Karelia.Its relatives can be found throughout the world,including Estonian kannel,Mari kusle,Russian gusli,Latvian kokle,and Lithuanian kanklės.Together these instruments make up the family known as Baltic psalteries.Kantele is also related to the ancient Asian instruments such as Chinese gu zheng and Japanese koto.  Photo: Paul Lenz.

A kantele in Finnish or harpu in Sami, is a traditional plucked string instrument of the zither family native to Finland and Karelia. The kantele has a distinctive bell-like sound.

Kantele player Teppana Jänis. - Kalevalaseura 1916

Kantele player Teppana Jänis. - Kalevalaseura 1916

kantele/kokle course materials (Department of Teacher education in Rauma & Rezeknes Augstskola)

kantele/kokle course materials (Department of Teacher education in Rauma & Rezeknes Augstskola)

Papá Noel tocando el kantele en un día de verano en Laponia in Finlandia

Papá Noel tocando el kantele en un día de verano

Babbo natale suona il kantele in un giorno d’estate in Finlandia

Kantele

Marimekko textile design by sanna annukka, liro ahokas and maija louekari. Could be good for the upstairs bathroom with black and white tile.

Finnish kantele

Finnish kantele

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