321.321-71 Necked bowl lutes sounded by bowing with a bow

Esrāj (esraj), fiddle, the wooden back carved with a pattern of feathers above the waist. The instrument originally had 4 bowed strings (one peg missing) pegged from the pegbox, and 15 sympathetic strings (one peg missing), pegged from a board screwed into the side of the neck. 16 tied frets. The ivory bridge is of symmetrical outline and stands on a strap on the skin soundtable. Many strings are now missing

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