National Music Museum Logo   National Music Museum  
Home  Collections
Virtual Tour
Calendar Gift Shop FAQ Site Index Maker Index


Images from The Beede Gallery

Short-Necked Lute (Robab, Rabab), Afghanistan, 19th Century

NMM 1504 and 1502.  Robabs, Afghanistan, 19th century Front view Bass side view Treble side view Back

NMM 1504. Short-necked lute (robab, rabab), Afghanistan, 19th century (left). Constructed like NMM 1502, but smaller, with one drone and nine sympathetic strings in addition to the five playing strings. The larger robab is generally used in Afghani art music. The smaller instrument is typically used for the regional music of the Pashtun people. The robab migrated south into India in the mid-19th century, where it eventually developed into the modern sarod, one of the primary instruments of Hindustani music. Ringley Fund, 1977.

Click on any image on this page to see a larger view.

Views of Pegbox

Bass side of pegbox
Front view
Treble side of pegbox

Inlaid Decoration on Fingerboard and Back of Neck

Fingerboard Back of neck

Views of Bouts

Front of body
Detail of waist
Back of body

Bridge and Lower End

Lower end


Thomas E. Cross, Instruments of Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand and Tibet, The Shrine to Music Museum Catalog of the Collections, Vol. II, André P. Larson, editor (Vermillion: The Shrine to Music Museum, 1982), p. 17.

Thomas E. Cross, Instruments of Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand and Tibet, M.M. Thesis, University of South Dakota, May 1983, p. 38, plate XIV.

  Click arrow to continue Beede Gallery Tour

Go to Beede Gallery Tour Index

Go to Virtual Gallery Tour Index

Go to Checklist of Musical Instruments from North Africa and Western/Central Asia

National Music Museum
The University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD   57069

©National Music Museum, 2013
Most recent update:   December 6, 2013

The University of South Dakota
Return to Top of Page