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South Asian Musical Instruments

  • The MFA’s Musical Instruments Collection contains over 1,100 examples from around the world, ranging from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Explore a selection of South Asian instruments from the Museum’s holdings.

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  • Rattle drum (thod-rnga)

    1900–50

    Object Place, Tibet

    Description

    Body formed from crowns of two human skulls joined to form hourglass shape. Heads of skin painted dark green. Striking pellets formed from rolled pieces of textile, suspended from cords. Waistband of purple silk, decorated with turquoise, coral, and four brass studs in form of human skulls. Banner of silk in various colors with silk fringe.

    Provenance

    About 1993, sold by a dealer, New York to Wurlitzer-Bruck, New York; 2004, sold by Wurlitzer-Bruck to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 2004)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund, by exchange

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length: 15.5 cm, width: 12.5 cm, depth: 13 cm (Length: 6 1/8 in., width: 4 15/16 in., depth: 5 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.1

    Medium or Technique

    Bone, skin, brass, stones, silk

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Transverse flute (phred-gling)

    19th century

    Object Place, Tibet

    Description

    Provenance

    1989, sold at Brimfield Flea Market to Douglas Deihl, Northampton; 2010, gift of Deihl to MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 2010)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Douglas Deihl

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length x diameter: 46.7 x 2.5 cm (18 3/8 x 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    2010.619

    Medium or Technique

    Cane

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Duct flute (gling-bu)

    19th century

    Object Place, Tibet

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 39.5 cm, width 2.2 cm (Length 15 9/16 in., width 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1825

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, brass

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Oboe (rgya-gling)

    19th century

    Object Place, Tibet

    Description

    Turned hardwood body with conical bore. Ferrule at upper end of copper with silver beading and brass-filled engraving. Bell of copper with three brass- plated filigree rings. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. Between fingerholes are five silver rings (three more missing), three mounted with torquoise and two with coral. Staple of silver.

    Provenance

    About 1950, sold by a pawn shop on 3rd Avenue, New York, to Robert E. Lehmann, New York; 1975, gift of Lehman to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 12, 1975)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. Robert A. Lehman

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55 cm, width 13.7 cm (Length 21 5/8 in., width 5 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1975.27

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, copper alloy, semi-precious stones

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Shell trumpet (dung-dkar)

    1850–1900

    Object Place, Probably Tibet

    Description

    Music: Three tones (performed by Darcy Kuronen)

    Provenance

    2002, sold by source unidentified, India, to Tony Bingham, London; 2002, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 2002)

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Michael D. Wolfe in memory of his wife Elise Wolfe

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 23 cm (9 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.613

    Medium or Technique

    Seashell, silver, semiprecious stones

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Trumpet (rkang-gling)

    late 19th century

    Object Place, Tibet

    Description

    Body of human thigh bone with brass fittings and wrappings. “Bell” covered with stitched skin. Turquoise and coral set in carved brass fittings. Two holes in bell.

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 27.7 cm, width 6.5 cm (Length 10 7/8 in., width 2 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.283

    Medium or Technique

    Bone, skin, brass, stones

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Trumpet (rkang-gling)

    late 19th century

    Object Place, Tibet

    Description

    Curved body of copper, terminating in brass dragon’s head with turquoise for eyes. Engraved (?) brass mouthpiece and ferrule.

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 44.9 cm, width 9.6 cm (Length 17 11/16 in., width 3 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.282

    Medium or Technique

    Copper, brass, stones

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Clappers (kath-tala)

    19th century

    Object Place, India

    Description

    Provenance

    2005, gift of the New England Conservatory to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 27, 2005)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the New England Conservatory of Music

    Details

    Dimensions

    Lengths 41.1 cm, widths 4.4 cm, heights 5.3 and 5.7 cm (Lengths 16 3/16 in., widths 1 3/4 in., heights 2 1/16 and 2 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2005.206a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, iron

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Pair of drums (tabla and baya)

    about 1980
    Labeled Haribhau Vishwanath (Indian, active late 20th century)

    Object Place, Mumbai, India

    Description

    Baya: Deep hemispherical shell of nickel-plated brass. Head of thick goat skin attached to plaited, four-ply hoop of leather. Upper hoop laced with strip of buffalo hide in V-pattern to lower hoop of leather at base of body. Tabla: Inverted conical shell of brown hardwood with shallow round stem at base. Head of thick goat skin attached to plaited, four-ply hoop of leather. Upper hoop laced with strip of buffalo hide in V-pattern to lower hoop of leather at base of body. Eight cylindrical tuning blocks beneath laces. Tuning hammer of steel. Two padded ring supports wrapped with blue patterned cloth.

    Provenance

    1990, gift of Ravi Nadkarni, Wrentham, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 1990)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Ravi Nadkarni

    Details

    Dimensions

    Tabla height 26.5 cm, diameter 17.5 cm (Height 10 7/16 in., diameter 6 7/8 in.) Baya height 26 cm, diameter 28 cm (Height 10 1/4 in., diameter 11 in.)

    Accession Number

    1990.209a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Nickel-plated brass, wood, goatskin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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    Multimedia
    • audio

      MIAudio109.mp3

  • Duct flute (algoja)

    19th century

    Object Place, India

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 29.5 cm, width 2.1 cm (Length 11 5/8 in., width 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2177

    Medium or Technique

    Cane

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Duct flute (bansuri)

    about 1950
    Madhu Limaye (Indian, before 1955 Indian)

    Object Place, Mumbai, India

    Description

    Inscription

    Handwritten: Kal 3 classical

    Provenance

    1990, gift of Ravi Nadkarni, Wrentham, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 1990)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Ravi Nadkarni

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.9 cm, width 2.8 cm (Length 23 9/16 in., width 1 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1990.212

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Transverse flute (bansuri)

    about 1955
    Mohan S. Nadkarni (Indian, 1918–1996)

    Object Place, Mumbai, India

    Description

    Cylindrical body of bamboo with no nodes. Six large fingerholes in distal half, with additional smaller hole near distal end, 90º (towards player) from the line of the fingerholes. Proximal end stopped with cork. Winding of white thread at distal end. Includes a “case” made of a plain bamboo tube, into which the flute fits snugly.

    Provenance

    1990, gift of Ravi Nadkarni, Wrentham, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 1990)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Ravi Nadkarni

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 70 cm, width 2.6 cm (Length 27 9/16 in., width 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    1990.211

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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    • audio

      MIAudio111.mp3

  • Transverse flute (bansuri)

    about 1955
    Mohan S. Nadkarni (Indian, 1918–1996)

    Object Place, Mumbai, India

    Description

    Cylindrical body of bamboo with no nodes and six large equally-spaced fingerholes in distal half. Proximal end stopped with cork. Windings of white thread at both ends. Bamboo tube for storage.

    Provenance

    1990, gift of Ravi Nadkarni, Wrentham, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 1990)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Ravi Nadkarni

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57.1 cm, width 2.3 cm (Length 22 1/2 in., width 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1990.208

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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    • audio

      MIAudio110.mp3

  • Transverse flute

    before 1930

    Object Place, Probably India

    Description

    Provenance

    1986, sold by Douglas Deihl, Florence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 26, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Mary L. Smith Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 54 cm, width 2.7 cm (Length 21 1/4 in., 1 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.601

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Double clarinet (pungi)

    19th century

    Object Place, India

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 36.5 cm, diameter 7.5 cm (Length 14 3/8 in., diameter 2 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1886

    Medium or Technique

    Gourd, cane

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Oboe (sahnai)

    19th century

    Object Place, India

    Description

    Provenance

    2005, gift of the New England Conservatory to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 27, 2005)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the New England Conservatory of Music

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55.2 cm, diameter 9.9 cm (Length 21 3/4 in., diameter 3 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2005.203

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, brass

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Oboe (ottu)

    19th century

    Object Place, India

    Description

    Provenance

    2005, gift of the New England Conservatory to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 27, 2005)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the New England Conservatory of Music

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 56.4 cm, diameter 10.4 cm (Length 22 3/16 in., diameter 4 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2005.213

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, brass, leather

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Zither (gintang) and mallet

    19th century

    Object Place, India

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55.3 cm, width 6.3 cm (Length 21 3/4 in., width 2 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1782a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo, wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Zither (rudra vina)

    probably 1970s
    Murari Mohan Adhikari (Indian, 1934–2006)

    Object Place, Calcutta, India

    Description

    Music: Raga Jounpuri: Alap section of Alap-Jor-Jhala form (performed by Peter Row)

    Inscription

    Kanailal & Brother / 377A Upper Chitpui Road / Calcutta

    Provenance

    By the late 1960s, likely sold by the maker, India, to Adrian Ortega, a student of Z. M. Dagar. By 2005, Bruce Hamm, Ali Akbar College Store, San Rafael, California; 2005, sold by Hamm to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 2005)

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by The Kittredge Foundation, Michael and Lisa Kittredge, Trustees

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 121.9 cm, width 45.7 cm, height 45.7 cm (Length 48 in., width 18 in., height 18 in.)

    Accession Number

    2005.591

    Medium or Technique

    Teakwood, calabash gourds, ivory

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Lute (sgra-snyan)

    19th century

    Object Place, Himalayan region

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 79.5 cm, width 12.5 cm, depth 9.2 cm (Length 31 5/16 in., width 4 15/16 in., depth 3 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2176

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, animal skin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Lute (tambura)

    19th century

    Object Place, Possibly Madras, India

    Description

    Provenance

    1917, sold by Schwaiger, London, to Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy for the MFA. (Accession Date: January 4, 1917)

    Credit Line

    Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 78.9 cm, width 17.1 cm, depth 13.3 cm (Length 31 1/16 in., width 6 3/4 in., depth 5 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.77

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood, ivory

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Lute (tambura)

    19th century

    Object Place, India

    Description

    Provenance

    1985, sold by Lillian Caplin, The Center for Musical Antiquities, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 23, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 114.5 cm, width 31.4 cm, depth 22.7 cm (Length 45 1/16 in., width 12 3/8 in., depth 8 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1985.724

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Lute (tambura)

    19th century

    Object Place, Northern India

    Description

    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

    Details

    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

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Lute (sarasvati vina)

    19th century

    Object Place, Probably Karnataka, India

    Description

    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 with chased foliate decoration and two lions rampant, screwed to end of body. Large gourd with silver ferrule at top with chased foliate decoration, attached to neck with threaded iron bolt and nut. Pegbox terminates in carved dragon head with ivory eyes and teeth. Four bilateral turned wood tuning pegs, with ivory heads, in pegbox. Three later lateral turned wood tuning pegs, with white painted heads, in bass side of neck. Twenty-four cylindrical brass frets set in mixture of wax and lamp-black along raised ledges atop neck. Areas inside pegbox and below frets painted red. Brass nut and string holder. Carved and incised ivory bench-shaped bridge with brass cap on top and arc for side strings.

    Provenance

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    1995.86

    Medium or Technique

    Jackfruit wood, gourd, silver, ivory

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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    • audio

      MIAudio127.mp3

  • Lute (sitar)

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Possibly Bikaner, Rajastan province, India

    Description

    Hemispherical body of calabash gourd, decorated with foliate designs in red, green, and gold paint. Neck and slightly arched soundtable of toonwood? Edges of body and neck, and front of peg area intricately decorated with foliate-shaped pieces of ivory (or possibly bone) set in black mastic. Five main strings and eleven sympathetic strings attached to three buttons of ivory at lower end of body and to tuning pegs of ivory with elaborately carved heads (main strings) and ebony with double-lobed heads (sympathetic strings). Sixteen frets of brass with bindings of gut. Bridges, nut, and string guider of ivory.

    Provenance

    By 1940, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Boston, Massachusetts, who loaned it to the MFA beginning in 1940; before 1971, by descent to his wife, Dona Luisa Coomaraswamy, Boston, Massachusetts; 1971, gift of the estate of Dona Luisa Coomaraswamy to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 10, 1971)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of estate of Mrs. Dona Luisa Coomaraswamy

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 118 cm, width 28 cm, depth 22 cm (Length 46 7/16 in., width 11 in., depth 8 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1971.84

    Medium or Technique

    Tun wood, gourd, ivory

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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    Multimedia
    • audio

      MIAudio135.mp3

  • Fiddle (sindhi sarangi)

    mid 19th century

    Object Place, Possibly Kotah, Rajastan province, India

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1985, sold by private collector to Lillian Caplin, New York; 1985, sold by Lillian Caplin, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 23, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 54.8 cm, width 14.6 cm, depth 9.7 cm (Length 21 9/16 in., width 5 3/4 in., depth 3 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1985.725

    Medium or Technique

    Painted wood, goatskin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle (sarangi) and bow

    19th century

    Object Place, India

    Description

    Music: Multani (“Afternoon Raga”), Traditional (performed by Ramesh Misra on a sarangi made in Uttar Pradesh, about 1850)

    Provenance

    2005, gift of the New England Conservatory to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 27, 2005)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the New England Conservatory of Music

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 53.9 cm, width 15.8 cm, depth 12.7 cm (Length 21 1/14 in., width 6 1/4 in., depth 5 in.)

    Accession Number

    2005.205a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Tun wood, goatskin

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle (cikârâ)

    before 1890

    Object Place, India

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1945, Sarah Choate Sears (Mrs. Joseph Montgomery Sears) (1858-1935), Boston, Massachusetts; 1945, sold by the estate of Sarah Choate Sears to Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55.5 cm, width 13.2 cm, depth 8.7 cm (Length 21 7/8 in., width 5 3/16 in., depth 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.758

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, animal skin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle

    19th century

    Object Place, India

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 51 cm, width 8.2 cm, depth 6.1 cm (Length 20 1/16 in., width 3 1/4 in., depth 2 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1704

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle (esraj) and bow

    19th century

    Object Place, India

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 94.2 cm, width 16.2 cm, depth 12.2 cm (Length 37 1/16 in., width 6 3/8 in., depth 4 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2175a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, animal skin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle (mayuri)

    before 1890

    Object Place, India

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1945, Sarah Choate Sears (Mrs. Joseph Montgomery Sears) (1858-1935), Boston, Massachusetts; 1945, sold by the estate of Sarah Choate Sears to Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 94.5 cm, width 15.5 cm, depth 27.8 cm (Length 37 3/16 in., width 6 1/8 in., depth 10 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.759

    Medium or Technique

    Painted wood, goatskin

    Not On View

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  • Fiddle (mayuri)

    about 1800

    Object Place, Possibly Rajastan province, India

    Description

    Provenance

    1983, sold by Lillian Caplin, The Center for Musical Antiquities, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 11, 1983)

    Credit Line

    Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 95.6 cm, width 17.8 cm, depth 10.2 cm (Length 37 5/8 in., width 7 in., depth 4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1983.411

    Medium or Technique

    Painted wood, goatskin, peacock feathers

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    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Pair of ankle rattles (ghungru)

    19th century

    Object Place, Sri Lanka

    Description

    Thirty-five spherical cast-brass bells with iron petals inside and loop at top. Strung together on strands of twisted copper wire.

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameter 10 cm, thickness 2 cm (Diameter 3 15/16 in., thickness 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2171a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Frame rattle (panteruva)

    19th century

    Object Place, Sri Lanka

    Description

    Circular rim of tin with edges rolled over; ends lapped and soldered. Five oval cut-outs in rim with posts of tin soldered to inside surface, each with two slightly domed discs of tin sandwiching two flat discs of tin. Two bells of cast brass attached to inside of rim by wire. Handle of tin soldered to outside of rim.

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall length 28.2 cm, diameter 22.9 cm, height 6.7 cm (Overall length 11 1/8 in., diameter 9 in., height 2 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2173

    Medium or Technique

    Tin

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  • Frame drum (banku-raban)

    19th century

    Object Place, Sri Lanka

    Description

    Cylindrical shell of jak wood (?) tapered toward bottom. Single skin head stretched over upper end, held in place by band of skin with small iron tacks through it. Eight additional large copper tacks through triangular tabs of skin, which alternate large and small.

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 17.6 cm, diameter 50.5 cm (Height 6 15/16 in., diameter 19 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1740

    Medium or Technique

    Jak wood, leather

    Not On View

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    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Frame drum (tamil)

    19th century

    Object Place, Sri Lanka

    Description

    Shallow rim of iron, wrapped entirely with strands of hemp (?). Single skin head glued on, just overlapping lower edge.

    Inscription

    In pencil on top of head: [indecipherable]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 3.4 cm, diameter 29.8 cm (Height 1 5/16 in., diameter 11 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2174

    Medium or Technique

    Iron, animal skin

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    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Hourglass drum (udäkki)

    19th century

    Object Place, Sri Lanka

    Description

    Inscription

    In pencil inside one end of body: [deliberate, but incipherable mark; see copy in object file.

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 16.5 cm, diameter 17 cm (Height 6 1/2 in., diameter 6 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2172

    Medium or Technique

    Jak wood, animal skin

    Not On View

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    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Shell trumpet (sak)

    19th century

    Object Place, Sri Lanka

    Description

    Music: Three tones (performed by Darcy Kuronen)

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 15.1 cm, width 10.3 cm (Length 5 15/16 in., width 4 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2170

    Medium or Technique

    Seashell

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Fiddle and bow

    19th century

    Object Place, Sri Lanka

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 64.7 cm, width 13.4 cm, depth 12 cm (Length 25 1/2 in., width 5 1/4 in., depth 4 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2168a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, snakeskin

    Not On View

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    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle

    19th century

    Object Place, Sri Lanka

    Description

    Hemispherical body of gourd with belly of reptile skin tacked on with band of red cloth around perimeter. Body pierced by neck of black painted wood, terminating in hook shape above pegbox. Four lateral tuning pegs of wood, painted black. Later copper strings tied to bulbous peg piercing lower end of neck spike. Later flat bridge of wood painted black.

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 87.6 cm, width 16.5 cm, depth 12.3 cm (Length 34 1/2 in., width 6 1/2 in., depth 4 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2169

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, snakeskin

    Not On View

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    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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