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