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A drawing of a naresyuk at the National Museum of Finland

The nares-jux (нарс-юх) or Siberian lyre[1] is a musical instrument, a type of box-lyre, played by Uralic peoples of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug of Russian Siberia.


The Ostyak (Khanty people) term the instrument nares-jux, meaning "musical wood"[2] or "singing tree"[3] in the Khanty language. The same instrument is played by the Mansi people (formerly known as Vogul), and is known as sangkultap (or sangvyltap, санквылтап) in the Vogul language.[2]

Various names and spellings include: naresyuk, nars-yukh,[4] naras-yux, nars-juh, nares-yuk, possibly nanus[5] narsus,[6] panan-juh, or shongoort.[7]

Construction and playing[edit]

These lyres are also distinguished by the placing of pebbles within the resonating body, causing a rattle.[8] The lyre generally has around five strings.[6]

See also[edit]

  • Khutang, an arched-angular lap-harp of the Khanty and Mansi
  • Tonkori, a similarly-shaped long five-string zither of the Ainu people of northern Japan


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  2. ^ a b Sibyl Marcuse (April 1975). A survey of musical instruments. Harper & Row. p. 376. ISBN 978-0-06-012776-3. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Sovetskiĭ komitet solidarnosti stran Azii i Afriki; Institut vostokovedenii︠a︡ (Akademii︠a︡ nauk SSSR); Institut Afriki (Akademii︠a︡ nauk SSSR) (1984). Asia and Africa today. Asia and Africa Today. p. 27. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Frederick Crane (1972). Extant medieval musical instruments: a provisional catalogue by types. University of Iowa Press. p. 8. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Lola Romanucci-Ross; Daniel E. Moerman (1991). The Anthropology of medicine: from culture to method. Bergin & Garvey. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-89789-262-9. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer (1 November 1999). The Tenacity of Ethnicity: A Siberian Saga in Global Perspective. Princeton University Press. pp. 192–. ISBN 978-0-691-00673-4. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Americus Featherman (1891). Social history of the races of mankind. Ticknor. pp. 551–. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Encyclopaedia Britanica, Inc; William Benton (1974). The New Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica. p. 419. ISBN 978-0-85229-290-7. Retrieved 18 May 2012.