DOTAR of the “SART”

Central Asia: Tajiks, Uzbeks and Uighurs. 20th century.

“Sart” refers to a vast territory distributed between these different countries and inhabited by sedentary populations.

Here, the resonance box is not hollowed out of a mulberry trunk, but built with strips of this wood, adjusted to each other, which requires tools unsuitable for nomadic life. A white plastic filet is placed projecting between each strip. (1)

The very thin soundboard is made from a single piece of wood, difficult to identify (mulberry?) and pierced with four tiny holes.

The apricot neck is equipped with 14 nylon frets.

Two twisted nylon play strings.

Length: 115.5 cm Width: 21.5 cm Body depth: 16.2 cm

We find this process of protruding filets on the back of baroque guitars from Europe, which gives the instrument a certain stability preventing it from slipping on the musician’s clothing