Sculpture depicting a bagpiper. Ourense (Galicia). Fourteenth century. In Pablo Carpintero Arias, Os instrumentos Musicaisna, Tradición Galega, 2a Edición. Ed. Difusora, 2010, p. 365. The bagpipe has been represented in iconography in the Iberian Peninsula since the eleventh century, frequently depicted as a rural instrument played by shepherds. The ethnographic evidence of the use of bagpipes in Portugal and Spain goes back to the nineteenth century. Variations of this instrument, designated gaita throughout the Iberian Peninsula, were documented in several regions, like the gaita gallega in Galicia (Spain), gaita asturiana in Asturias (Spain), or gaita-de-fole in Portugal, all situated in the North-West of the Iberian Peninsula.Read more »
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