Tambura, 20th century
Gourd, wood, bone, ivory, steel; L. 40 in. (101.9 cm), W. 28 1/4 in. (28.5 cm), D. 11 1/2 in. (29 cm)
Gift of the Todes Family, 1986 (1986.470a)
This tambura has a round, bowl-shaped resonator made of wood. Inlaid on its belly in ivory is a seven-pointed star radiating from a circle that surrounds the image of a god that could be a depiction of Rama. To each side is a peacock and a small tree. At the top of the pegblock, above the frontal peg, is an image of the goddess Shiva.