Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Nāgasvaram

Date:
20th century
Geography:
Madras, Andhra Maharashtra, India
Culture:
Indian
Medium:
Wood, bronze, cane
Classification:
Aerophone-Reed Vibrated-double reed
Credit Line:
Gift of the Government of Tamil Nadu, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.340.14
Not on view
Although found in classical ensembles, this South Indian double-reed instrument, like its northern counterpart the Śahnāī, most often accompanies dances and processions at outdoor weddings and festivals. The reed is mounted on a staple that fits into the wood body. Extra reeds hang at the side, along with wooden needles, which are used in fine-tuning by inserting wax plugs in the five unfingered holes at the base of the tube. Andhar Maharashtra.
Government of Tamil Nadu
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