Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Vīnā (bīn)

Date:
mid-19th century
Geography:
Rajasthan, India
Culture:
Indian
Medium:
Gourd, metal, wax
Dimensions:
H. 34.3 x L. 119.4cm (13 1/2 x 47in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither-plucked-tube
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Alice Getty, 1946
Accession Number:
46.34.1 a,b
Not on view
Vīnā is an ancient term that once refered to Indian stringed instruments. Bīn, a term with various meanings throughout India, refers to this fretted stick zither in north (Hindustani) India. The frets are affixed by a resinous wax like substance. The bīn, is held at an angle with the pegs positioned above the left shoulder and the lower end lying within easy reach of the right hand which plucks the strings.
Henry Harrison Getty ; Alice Getty
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