University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Native NameEsrar
Object Number:51-46-143A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Indian
Provenience: India
Madras
Date Made: c. 1876
Early Date: 1851
Late Date: 1878
Section:Asian
Materials:Wood
Ivory
Parchment
Technique:Carved
Inlaid
Iconography:Bird
Flowers
Credit Line:Gift of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1951
Other Number:`78-159 - Philadelphia Museum of Art Number
L-238-143 - Old Loan Number
C510? - Seder Number

Description

Esrar. Long broad neck of wood with 13 movable convex metal frets; small body, slightly globular in shape with deeply incurved sides; sound board of parchment in hourglass shape. Ivory bridge rests on leather and extending around body of inst. Wood at top and bottom of inst. Body carved in floral design. 15 ivory pegs in wooden strip along side of neck. 4 large dark wooden pegs at top of neck (2 later, 2 frontal). Ivory inlay with bird and floral designs. Wooden tail piece with ivory top and 3 ivory pegs to which metal drone strings are attached. Good condition. 2 frets missing, some drone strings broken and detached. Leather strap deteriorated.


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