Ghaida. Skin of whole animal with black hair left on outside (now worn off). Chanter tied in at animal's neck, blowpipe in back, and animals 2 forelegs tied off. Back end bunched and tied. Short wooden blowpipe with raised rings. Double chanter of light wood in wooden trough, held in by wax and string. Eng of double chanter bound with blue cloth with blue and white bead design on a leather strip. 6 finger holes in each pipe in parallel arrangement. Design of white, yellow, red and blue beads at top of chanter. Poor condition. Bag died and broken. Chanter loose in trough.Length of bag: approx. 53 cm. Length of chanter and trough: 34 cm. Length of blowpipe: 10cm.
Lot of fragments of an ivory clapper in the shape of a hand and forearm. Eleven large pieces, and numerous small flakes. The larger pieces are coated with what appears to be paraffin wax. Object is in very poor condition.
Dombeg. Hand drum made pf dark grey-brown wood with light grey skin head. Goblet shaped body has carved lateral grooves. Condition: Poor - head is half ripped from body. Strap is missing. Dimensions: Height- 40cm; Dia.- 26cm.
Toiblets. 2 drums closely joined by leather thongs. Nylon is stuffed between the drums. Leather strips are ;laced from head to base in criss-cross pattern around drum. Bodies are brown wood with beads wider than bases. Both drums are the same shape, but one is wider. The straps on larger drum cross more closely than on smaller drum. Condition: Fair - head of smaller drum is torn. Dimensions: smaller drum: length-19cm; dia. base-6.8cm; dia. head-15.5cmlarger drum: length-19cm; dia. base-9.3cm; dia. head-20.3cm.
Santir? Trapedzoidal Shape. 24 sets of quadruple and one set of triple strings, each set consisting of one wrapped and 3 simple wire strings. The wrapped strings pass over bridges and are struck while the rest of the set vibrate in sympathy with them.
Qanun. In the form of a right-angled trapezoid with twenty-four sets of triple strings. Three foliated sound openings in the deck. Mechanical tuning devices of metal on the upper end of each string. Tuning key included.
Kanoon. Right angle trapezoid. Wooden with carved designs showing hollow inside. Rectangular end in 4 compartments covered with thin membrane. Moveable wooden bridge extends width between membrane and sound board. Permanent wooden bridge along slanted side. 23 rows of 2 wooden pegs holding gut strings which attach at rectangular end through holes. Mounted carved wood designs on sides - reddish in color. Bottom of instrument also red in color. Poor condition. Membrane warped and detached. Sound board badly cracked. Moveable bridge missing 1 leg. 7 pegs missing.Lenth longest side: 88.5 cm. Length slanted side: 77 cm. Length rectangular end (width): 39.5 cm. Height: 5 cm.
Trapezoidal, wooden. Inlaid mounting of intricate circular and star-shaped patterns in gold, red, white, and black, edges with alternating strips of inlaid ivory and dark wood. 2 inlaid mother of pearl 6-petaled flowers carved out between petals, in some board. Round hole, edged with ivory inlay in lond side of trapezoid. 18 rows of 4 metal strings attach at one end to metal prongs and at the oither to metal pegs. Strings stretch over low metal rimmed permanent bridges at each side of instr. Round moveable bridges for individual strings, 5 with instr. 2 long thin wooden picks curved at ends. Poor condition. Mounted inlay partially missing, most of ivory inlay missing. 23 strings attached. 1 pick broken. 1 peg missing.Length, long side: 76 cm. Length of shorter side: 29cm. Width: 26cm. Length, slanted ends: 35.5 cm. Height of moveable bridges: 1.8 cm.
Kanoon or Qanon. Right angle trapezoid of light colored wood. Rectangular side in 2 compartments covered with a s kin painted with an animal over each compartment (horse, elephant, lion, bull). A moveable bridge painted black separates skin from sound board. Sound board painted with 2 6-pointed stars with flower center, partially caved out. Pinted crescent and flowers also carved out to show hollow interior. Large dancing woman painted in centre. Color mostly green and red. Permanent wooden bridge separates pegs from sound board. 25 rowes of 3 pegs hold gut strings which attach through holes at rectangular end. Inlaid metal and ivory in sides of instr. and on top of permanent bridge. Small silvery concentric circles in sides of pegs. Poor condition. Large crack in sound board and bottom. Membrane cracked and partially detached. Metal inlay coming out. Most strings broken or missing. Animal pictures badly flaked. Length of long side: 95 cm. Length slanted side: 77cm. Width: 44cm. Height: 5cm.
Crude wooden fiddle with hollowed out body rounded at top and forming a point at the lower end. Pointed end is covered with hide. Rosin Bag attached by cord to sound post. Neck made of crudely carved wood which is split and ehld together by a piece of brass hammered on. Arrowhead-shaped peg box with 3 metal jinglers on top. 2 lateral pegs. Horsehair string attached to hole in pegbox at one end and to a leather strap at the other end of instrument
Rehab. Skin resonating head gradually narrows; neck extends directly out of body the same width as the resonator, and gradually narrows. Finger board extensively cut into creating large designs with holes. Two holes on either side of neck. Body of dark wood. Peg box curves back, one lateral spool-shaped peg on either side. Ivory triangular cut, ivory string holder. Two round holes on bottom of body. Fair condition. Finger board cracked, one side of head detached.Length: 64.5cm. Width neck (widest): 7.5 cm. Width resonating head: 13cm. Depth: 8 cm.
Kemange? Small spiked fiddle with iron peg, three lateral pegs, membrane sounding-board. Body and Neck inlaid heavily with Mother-of-Pearl and ivory. The shape of the body resembles a coconut from which the form was evolved.
Lyra- Aegean name, Rahab- Arab. 3 large pegs (dorsal) for gut strings. Almond shaped body with flat belly with 2 D-shaped holes. Body is flat at back; no distinct neck although top and finger board part are covered with darker wood than on belly. Strings tied around wood section at lower end of instr. Back corresponding to finger board is of dark wood with strips of white; back of body seems made of 3 pieces of wood- 2 equal size outer parts with center piece set off by band (black-white-black). Good condition. Small piece of dark wood missing at back of neck. Cf. Sachs. fig. 78 (p.278); Mus. Instr., etc. pp. 217-218.Length: 40 cm. Width at sound holes: 13.5 cm. Width where finger board meets peg box: 4.3 cm.
Kemangeh. flat, short-necked instrument in peart shape. 2 "D"-shaped holes in belly; shallow, linear and circular designs, 3 round pieces of pearl inlaid in V shape; carved, slat peg box. 3 long dorsal pegs; wood end button extending from body. Fair condition - two pegs broken, wood cracked, strings missing.Length: 41 cm. Belly width: 15 cm. Depth: 5 cm.
Wooden fiddle with hollowed out body, circular at top with a long pointed lower end. Lower end covered with skin, round upper part left open. Square peg box, open at back, 2 lateral hour glass-shaped pegs. 2 groups of black horse hair strings attached to one end through holes in peg box and tied around short metal spike at other end. Good condition. Skin loose at edges. No bow.Length: 83.5 cm. Width of body (circular part): 14.5 cm. Body depth: 12 cm.
Copper. From a harp. Calf's Head Attach. Note on card from storage: Also a bitumwn core from inside the calf's head. See 30-12-484 : inlay from collar.[MASCA testing prove this is bronze, not copper. The eyes are conus and lapis]
Tar or sitar. Oval body pinched at front to form 2 sound compartments covered with thin membrane. Long carved end peg painted green and red, inserted into bottom of body. Open peg box curves back at end into a carved dragon-head shape, painted red. 4 green, black and red lateral pegs. Mother of pearl inlay finger board and around edges of top sound compartment. Body and neck is painted brown with fine gold red and black floral and leaf designs. A gold bird, edged in red is on the back of the body. Wooden bow with metal tops. Ring on one end attaches to a black, red and white cloth strip attaching to bound end of black hair. Bound end directly attached to ring at other end. Poor condition. End peg detached, 1 peg missing, 2 strings missing, both membranes broken. Paint flakes. Bow - good condition.Length: 49 cm. Width, bottom compartment: 17 cm. Width, top sound compartment: 9cm. Depth of body: 14.5 cm. length bow: 49cm.
Domra or Dumarak. Tanbur type, brown wood. Sound perforations in soundboard. Pear-shaped body comes to a point. Long Slender neck with two frontal T-shaped pegs. Poor condition. Neck broken in two pieces. Holes and cracks thoughout body. Bridge missing.
Pear-shaped wooden lute with 2 strings and 2 frontal pegs. Back of body is squared off into 7 segments. Neck end curves back. Part of a piece of paper glued to sound board remains. 4 holes in diamond formation in sounding board. Good condition. Sound board unglued at places from body. 1 string broken. Length: 73 cm. Width of sound board: 13 cm. Body depth: 9.5 cm.
El-oud. Round backed lute, large body with short neck. Body has thin lins of light colored wood inlya. Sound board of light wood; Sound hole with rose. Neck inlaid with ivory in scroll designs. Peg box curved back. 14 lateral pegs. Fair condition. Body cracked in several places, 1 peg missing.Length: 90 cm. Diam of body: 34.8 cm. Body depth: 19 cm.
Pear-shaped wooden Lute. Back of neck and body painted black. Sound board and finger board with ivory and mother of pearl inlay. Triangular mother of pearl inlay at bottom edge of soundboard and up the center of finger board. 7 circular mother of pearl inlays in sound board, 1 with square of ivory inlay around it. 4 pegs (2 lateral, 2 frontal). Peg box with carved ivory facing. Carved top to peg box, of ivory. 14 movable string frets and metal strings. Good condition. Frets loose, strings broken.Length: 78 cm. Width of soundboard: 12.5 cm. Depth of body: 10.5 cm.
Wooden, pear-shaped instrument with long round neck. Soundboard made from two pieces. Small holes in soundboard in a rough pattern. 11 frets of bound string. 2 pegs in tri-lobed shape (1 frontal, 1 lateral). Poor condition- part of soundboard missing, part detached. Strings missing.Length: 85 cm. Body depth: 12 cm. Soundboard width: 15 cm.
Tambura. Wooden, pear-shaped. 7 gut, moveable frets. 7 T-shaped pegs with tips of ivory (4 frontal, 3 lateral). Finger board of inlaid wood and mother of pearl. 6 round mother of pearl inlays in front of peg box. 6 round mother of pearl inlays also in sound board. End above peg box pointed. Metal strings. Poor condition. Bottom of body broken and pieces missing. Frets unraveled. 2 pegs missing. Some inlay missing. Sound board cracked badly.Length: 30cm. Width sound board: 11.5 cm. Depth of body: 13 cm.
Metal (silver plate?). Scales carved in each end of bow, curved snake head as hand grip. Light hair bound with leather at one end, tied around notch at other end. Good condition. Some hair torn, accompanying fiddle missing.Length: 59.5 cm.
Shepherd's Pipe (Double Reed). Pipes are light brown with 6 front holes carved in eachpipe. Mouth end is thinner than rest of pip. The 2 pipes are attached to each other by string at 4 places. String attached to each end of pipes used as handleMeijiwiz (double reed). Pipes are light brown with 6 frontal holes carved in each pipe. Mouth end is thinner than rest of pipe. The 2 piepes are attached to each other by string at 4 places. String attached to each end of pipes used as handle. Good condition. (N. Martin 1872)
Zourna. Bell Section curves up slightly. Bell section marked by bulging ring (open carved); section held while playing is wrapped with copper wire;cupped mouthpiece. Bell is eight-sided. Carved decoration at top of conical bell and at bottom edge. Good condition.Zourna. Dark wooden body, entirely covered with surface carvings. 7 frontal and 1 dorsal stop, a leather band encircling the oboe before each hole. Bottom of oboe is flared. Red cloth wrapped around reed holder, ivory disk fits below reed. Good condition. Length: 39cm, Diam. of bell: 5.5cm.