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Lute (tambura)

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Hemispherical body of calabash gourd. Neck and slightly arched soundtable of toonwood? Soundtable painted at center with gold-colored crossed scimitars above crescent moon. End of peg area covered with plate of ivory, painted with gold-colored flower and leaves. Shoulder of body, edges of neck,...

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1992, sold by Axel Vervoordt, Antwerp, to the MFA, based on the recommendation of Museum Director Alan Shestack after seeing the object at the Maastricht Art Fair. (Accession Date: June 24, 1992)

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund

19th century

Object Place

Northern India


Length 135 cm, width 40.5 cm, depth 31.5 cm (Length 53 1/8 in., width 15 15/16 in., depth 39 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tun wood, calabash gourd, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones