Pandharpuri Tambura

Date: 19th century

Geography: India

Culture: Indian

Medium: Gourd, wood, bone, ivory

Dimensions: L: 92.5 cm (36-1/2 in.); W: 23.3 cm (9-3/16 in.); D: 18.4 cm (7-1/4 in.)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-plucked-unfretted

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Bressler, 1994

Accession Number: 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.