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Tapoura or rabbaba

This is a Tapoura or Rabbaba. It is made from wood, with the skin stretched across the wood resonator. It has 5 strings, each protected with whitish material wrapped round where the strings join the top of wooden frame. The top of the yoke is decorated with four strands of light-blue beads and feathers.

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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.21 Bowl lyres
  • Repository:University of Aberdeen Museums
  • Measurements:Overall length 820 mm. Resonator 310mm at widest. Width of top frame 525 mm approx.