Pandharpuri tambura, 19th century
Gourd, wood, bone, ivory; L. 36 1/2 in. (92.5 cm), W. 9 3/16 in. (23.3 cm), D. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Bressler, 1994 (1994.498)
This beautiful nineteenth-century tambura is one of the best examples to be preserved from that period in a museum. It has a gourd body attached to a wood neck and belly. It is decorated with bone and ivory inlay and paintings of mythological figures in the South Indian Mysore style.