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What is this bowed, fretted, lyre-shaped instrument?

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I came across this video and would like to know more about the instrument the woman is playing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF9mtpw365c

(Starting at 0:16.)

The instrument is shaped sort of like a lyre, is being played with a bow, and it looks like she is "fretting" individual strings between her fingers.

What is the instrument called? Is this the way it is usually played, or is this performer doing something unusual? Does that fretting technique have a name?

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It's certainly an unusual instrument. An interview says that Maria Franz plays the "ravanhata," more ... (1 comment)

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