Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
A fretless bowed string instrument from South Asia, it is a roughly rectangular wooden instrument, with a skin-covered resonator. It is usually made from a single block of wood and consists of three or four strings made of goat gut and between eleven and thirty-seven sympathetic strings made of steel. Popularly used in folk music and Hindustani music across India, it is played with an arched bow while sitting on the floor.