South India.

Probably from Tanjore (Thanjavur) in Tamil Nadu.

The body of the instrument is hollowed out of a trunk of Tun wood (toona ciliata) to which is attached the neck of the same species also hollowed out.

Tun’s wooden flat soundboard is decorated with circular patterns stamped around three large concentric circles.

These patterns are visible around the edge of the body and the neck. They decorate the entire surface of the fingerboard, itself inlaid with geometric bone plates fixed by wooden pins.

Five metal strings.

Length: 109cm Width: 30.3cm Body height: 19cm