Bouthan, 20th century.

The dramnyen, which has become the identity instrument of the Boutahn, is an adaptation of the lutes played in the Himalayas, of which the Tibetan Sgra-Snyan is undoubtedly the most famous.

Equipped with seven strings including a high lateral “drone” comparable to that of the banjo, the instrument accompanies ritual chants.

The anklet, carved with a monster’s head, represents Chusin, which can be considered as the Bhutanese version of Makara, this Indian divinity of rivers, linked to fertility and appearing in particular on Rasbonshi or Sandalwood lutes in the north and west. Bengal.

Materials: Wood, skin, iron, pigments.

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