Wing-shaped gusli

The wing-shaped gusli (Baltic psaltery) is a multi-string plucked instrument, along with the basic body it also has an additional resonator – akrylak/krylo (a wing). For the first time, it is mentioned in Belarus in the 12th century in Kiryla Turaŭski's works.


A wing-shaped gusli of the 19th c. from Siebiež Povet (District) of Viciebsk Gubernia (Region), Eŭdakim Ramanaŭ's ethnographic collection

Belarusian gusli player (husliar), a drawing by Mikalaj Pryvalaŭ, 1927



Watch more in Early Instruments of Belarus documentary by Zmicier Sasnouski. Gusli 40:03