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Lute (sarod)

Hemendra Chandra Sen (Indian, 1923–2010)

Object Place: Calcutta, India


Overall: 116.9 x 30 x 7.4 cm (46 x 11 13/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tun wood, brass, aluminum, bone, goatskin

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments




Between about 1970 and 1977, sold by the maker to Brij Narayan, Mumbai, India; traded in India by Brij Narayan with John Dunne, California [see note 1]; about 1977, sold by John Dunne to Allen Barnes, Davis, CA; January 2013, sold by Allen Barnes to Christopher Ris, Fairfax, CA; 2013, sold by Ris to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 24, 2013)

[1] Traded for another Hemendra Chandra Sen sarod; this was witnessed by Pandit Ram Narayan, Brij's father and famous sarangi player.

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund, Samuel Putnam Avery Fund, and Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation