Name: Dolan Rewap.

Type:  Plucked Lute > Chordophone.

Region: Turkestan > Xinjiang China > Central Asia.

Dimensions: Scale Length 64.4 cm.

Acquisition Date: 2015.12.24

Acquisition Source: Randy Raine-Reusch.

Description: The Dolan rewap is specific to the Dolan people they are a neighbouring ethnic minority to the Uigur who can be found in the Yarkand River valley and the Tarim river valley and also the Lop Nur region of present day Turkestan (Xinjiang China). There are some aspects to Dolan music and dance that remain unique. Although their music is often categorized along with the Uighur On Iqi Maqam (the 12 Maqam) the Dolan repertoire is quite different.

Not unlike their neighouring counterparts they share similar features. The most common feature these types of lutes share are the "horns" that extend both on the left and right side of the body. To create the acoustic chamber, a membrane usually of goat skin is stretched over the wooden "bowl". This instrument has five playing strings and 11 sympathetic or drone strings all of which are steel. While most of these lutes are fretted with nylon moveable frets the Dolan rewaps are usually fretless. Both my specimens of the Tajik and Dolan rewaps are fretless.