278 tambūr

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Pakistan (Gilgit, Hunza)
wooden body, animal hide over front face; 10 soundholes; L. 74.5 cm
6 nylon strings

A single piece of wood is hollowed out forming both the figure eight shaped body and the peg box. Animal hide is stretched over the lower half of the body, while the upper half is covered with a thin piece of board. There are no frets. The bridge is placed on top of the membrane formed by the animal hide. The nylon strings are attached to the string holder with knots of shredded hemp. The instrument is held with the neck at a diagonal to the performer's torso, and is plucked with a small plectrum. Used in folk music styles. A similar instrument called shugnan rebab is found in Tajikistan.

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