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Long-necked Lute (Mandar Bahar), by H. Muntz, Bengal, India, 20th century
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NMM 2405. Long-necked lute (mandar bahar) by H. Muntz, Bengal, India, 20th century. Essentially a bass esraj, but played in a standing position, similar to the Western double-bass. Used in modern Indian orchestras. Wood body with a parchment belly, seventeen movable frets, four principal strings (one for melody and three for drone), and fifteen brass sympathetic strings. Board of Trustees, 1978.
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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. 13.
Thomas E. Cross, Instruments of Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand and Tibet, M.M. Thesis, University of South Dakota, May 1983, p. 26, plate X.
André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), p. 29.
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