Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Tambura

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Maharashtra, India
Culture:
Indian
Medium:
Gourd, wood, ivory, bone, paint, steel
Dimensions:
L: 92.5 cm (36-7/16 in.); W: 23.3 cm (9-3/16 in.); D: 18.4 cm (7-1/4 in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-plucked-unfretted
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.189
Not on view
This decorative miniature tāmbūra would not have been used in musical performance, but was undoubtedly cherished for its beauty. Painted in South Indian (Mysore) style, it shows Ganesha in the center, Rāma fanned by Hanuman on the left, and Sita on the right. The back features various incarnations of Shiva.
[ Proctor & Co., London ] ; Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 67.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 67.



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