orig. Mongolia With its name translating to "horse fiddle" in Mongolian, the morin khuur is instantly recognizable by its distinctive carved horse-head pegbox. The tuning pegs on either side are known as the "horse's ears." The instrument’s two string and bow are traditionally made of horsehair, although they are now often made of synthetic material.
The morin khuur plays a prominent role in Mongolian music and culture. It is used to accompany folk singers and, less frequently, as a solo instrument and in small ensembles. Traditionally, the people of Mongolia are nomadic herders, and the morin khuur's evocative shape and ability to imitate the sound of neighing horses reflect the importance of the horse to Mongolian national identity.