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Fiddle

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This fiddle, a precursor to the violin, was recovered from the hold of the Mary Rose, inside a fiddle-shaped box lined with decorated cattle skin.

This would not have been played like a modern violin – rather than being tucked under the chin it would have been pushed against the chest, the neck pointing downward. A bow was also recovered, but sadly doesn’t seem to have had its location recorded, so we don’t know if it was associated with this bow.