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Sgra-snyan [danyen, dramyen, danyan](‘harmonious sound’)locked

  • Mireille Helffer


Long-necked lute of Tibet and the entire Himalayan region including Ladakh, northern Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan. It is carved of a single piece of wood 70 to 120 cm long. The hollowed resonator is covered with a skin (snake, goat, etc) soundtable, and the sickle-curved pegbox, usually carved to resemble the head of a horse or dragon, holds six lateral pegs. Some instruments have a seventh, drone string, attached to a peg on the side of the unfretted neck. Typically, three pairs of silk or gut (nowadays nylon or wire) strings tuned ...

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