Stunningly beautiful Turkish Qanun (Kanun) in "mint" condition. Price includes a Hard Shell Case!
The qanun, kanun, ganoun or kanoon (Arabic: قانون, romanized: qānūn; Sorani Kurdish: قانون, romanized: qānūn; Greek: κανονάκι, romanized: kanonaki; Hebrew: קָנוֹן, qanon; Persian: قانون, qānūn; Turkish: kanun; Armenian: քանոն, romanized: k’anon; Azerbaijani: qanun; Uighur: قالون, romanized: qalon) is a string instrument played either solo, or more often as part of an ensemble, in much of the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, Central Asia, and Greece. The name derives from the Arabic word qanun, meaning "rule, law, norm, principle", which is borrowed from the ancient Greek word and musical instrument κανών (rule), which in Latin was called canon (not to be confused with the European polyphonic musical style and composition technique known by the same name). Traditional and Classical musics executed on the qanun are based on Maqamat or Makamlar. The qanun traces its origins to a stringed Assyrian instrument from the Old Assyrian Empire, specifically from the nineteenth century BC in Mesopotamia. This instrument came inscribed on a box of elephant ivory found in the old Assyrian capital Nimrud (old name: Caleh), which is located about 35 km from the city of Mosul in Iraq. The instrument is a type of large zither with a thin trapezoidal soundboard that is famous for its unique melodramatic sound.