The jew's harp has been played in the Nordic area at least since the 14th century and is believed to have its origin in Asia. The instrument was used until the 18th century, when it was outcompeted by the accordion and the harmonica.
The Swedish saying "dear child has many names" is true for the jew's harp, which has gone by a number of different names, like mouth harp and Devil's harp.
It has been made from different materials, e.g. bamboo and bone. The European jew's harp is made of a metal frame with a steel tongue attached to it.
Length: 80 mm.
Width: 38 mm.
Weight: 16 g.