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Long-Necked Lute (Esraj), Northern India, ca. 1950
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NMM 2404. Long-necked lute (esraj), northern India, ca. 1950. Used in the Bengal area of India. A bowed instrument combining attributes of a sarangi and a sitar. Played in a sitting position with the neck extending over the player’s shoulder. Used for vocal accompaniment or solo playing. Wood body with a parchment belly, nineteen movable frets, four principal strings (one for melody and three for drone), and fifteen sympathetic strings. Length: 91 cm. Length of bow: 59 cm. Board of Trustees, 1978.
Front, Back, and Bottom Views of Resonator
Front, Side, and Back Views of Pegbox
Views of Fretboard, Neck, Pegs, and Bridge
Literature: 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. 12.
Thomas E. Cross, Instruments of Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand and Tibet, M.M. Thesis, University of South Dakota, May 1983, p. 24, plate IX.
André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), p. 29.
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