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Native NameTaus
Mayuri
Object Number:51-46-141
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Indian
Provenience: India
Date Made: 0bc - 1904
Early Date: 1
Late Date: 1904
Section:Asian
Materials:Wood
Ivory
Metal
Technique:Inlaid
Iconography:Bird
Credit Line:Gift of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1951
Other Number:`04-302 - Philadelphia Museum of Art Number
L-238-141 - Old Loan Number
C508 - Seder Number

Description

Taus, Tayus, or Mayuri. Dark wooden inst. in shape of a bird. Long, flat wide neck as bird's tail. Front of neck indented slightly. 4 large wooden pegs (2 lateral, 2 frontal) with carved decoration at holes for frontalpegs. Wood strip along side of neck for 13 wooden pegs, the strings to which stretch from a hook at base of body, through the bridge and around diagonally arranged small ivory pegs in neck. 15 movable arched metal frets. Ivory bridge and stringholder. Ivory inlay at top of inst. and around body where jointed with neck. Fair condition. Some strings broken, membrane sounding surface broken. 1 side peg missing. No bow.


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