Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Dhodro Banam

Date:
second half 19th century
Geography:
Orissa, India
Culture:
Indian (Santal group of Munda people)
Medium:
Wood, hide, gut, metal
Dimensions:
W. 18 x D 15.9 x L. 89cm (7 1/16 x 6 1/4 x 35 1/16in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted
Credit Line:
Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.360
Not on view
The single-string dhodro banam comes from the Santal tribal community of central India, particularly what is the modern state of Orissa. Alternatively, it is sometimes known as the santali banam. Related to the sarinda and sarangi, the dhodro banam has a skin covered resonator and is played with a bow. This well decorated dhodro banam features elaborate anthropomorphic and zoomorphic carvings.
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