Lute (tambura)

Lute (tambūrā)

19th century


Object Place: Northern India

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1992.259

Medium or Technique

Tun wood, calabash gourd, ivory

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

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, and heads of tuning pegs intricately decorated with foliate-shaped pieces of ivory set in black mastic. Four strings attached to string holder of ivory at lower end of body and to tuning pegs of hardwood with round heads. Four egg-shaped tuning beads of chalcedony. Bridge, nut, and string guider of ivory.

Provenance

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