Art/ Collection/ Art Object


20th century
South, India
Gourd, wood, bone, ivory, steel
L. 104.1 cm (41 in.); W. 25.4 cm (10 in.); D. 20.3 cm (8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of the Todes Family, 1986
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.
Marking: (above frontal peg) small metal plate with image of Shiva
Todes Family
Written by, Written by Ms. Jackie Menzies, Written by Pratapaditya Pal. Dancing To The Flute: Music and Dance in Indian Art. The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia, 1997, pg. 178-179, fig. 110 b), ill.

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