Vina (वीणा), jackwood, gold leaf, papier-mâché, bone, steel, brass, Indian

Vina (वीणा)

Date:
late 18th century
Geography:
India
Culture:
Indian
Medium:
jackwood, gold leaf, papier-mâché, bone, steel, brass
Dimensions:
14 3/4 × 47 13/16 × 13 3/8 in. (37.5 × 121.5 × 34 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted
Credit Line:
Gift of Michael Pellettieri, in memory of Y. G. Srimati, musician and artist, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.531
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 684
Having a hollow neck and body, this fretted lute from southern India features a flat bridge against which its strings vibrate to produce a characteristic buzzing sound, called javārī. It also has three tala, or drone strings, that are not fretted. This veena, with a decorative gourd and yali (mythological beast) finial, was used by Y. G. Srimati, an accomplished vocalist and visual artist.
Michael Pellettieri