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The “Trump”, “Mouth Harp”, “Jew’s Harp”, “Juice Harp”, “Jaw Harp”, “Ozark Harp” or “Juice Harp” are some of the English names used for this lamellophone instrument, which is in the category of “plucked idiophones”. It consist of a flexible metal or bamboo tongue or reed attached to a frame. The tongue reed is placed in the performer’s mouth and plucked with the finger to produce a note.
This Mouth Harp is known world-wide by many different names:
Germany – Maultrommel (mouth drum)
Japan – Koukin
Russia – Vargan
England – Gewgaw
Siberia – Khomus
Italy – Scacciapensieri
Norway – Munnharpa
France – Guimbarde
Bali – Genggong
This instrument is considered to be one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. A musician playing one can be seen in a Chinese drawing from the 4th century BC. This instrument is native to Asia and used in all tribes of Turkic peoples in Asia, among whom it is variously referred to as a “temir komuz (iron komuz) & “agiz komuzu” (mouth komuz).
This one is very crudely made, with out any markings on it.
Attached is a link to a youtube video of one being played.
Thanks for looking,