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Lute (sarasvati vina)

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Hemispherical jackfruit wood body with integral neck and flat belly. Inlaid ivory in foliate design flanked by two carved mother-of-pearl flowers, at upper end of belly. Ivory strips with incised floral decoration along upper edges of body and neck, and outer edges of belly. Silver plaque...

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Before 1995, apparently found in a music school, Calcutta, India, and sold to a dealer in the Soho District, New York; by 1995, sold by New York dealer to Joseph Peknik, III, New York; 1995, sold by Peknik to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 24, 1995)

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund

19th century

Object Place

Probably Karnataka, India


Length 110 cm, width 29 cm, depth 30 cm (Length 43 5/16 in., 11 7/16 in., depth 11 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Jackfruit wood, gourd, silver, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones