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Ramazan Shahrokh Iranian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

The setār (Persian: "three strings") originated around the fifteenth century. By the twentieth century, it had acquired a fourtvh string. Setārs are used in classical repertoire and to accompany singing. This unusual flat-backed version was designed for travel. It belonged to Ostad Elahi, who was able to produce a variety of sonorities with it, despite its small size. In his hands, it was a powerful instrument.

Setār, Ramazan Shahrokh (Iranian), Mulberry, walnut, wire, Iranian

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