Maker: Les fils de Gamil Georges (Egyptian)

Date: 1977

Geography: Cairo, Egypt

Culture: Egyptian

Medium: Wood, various materials

Dimensions: L. 82 cm (32-5/16 in.); W. 38.7 cm (15-1/4 in.); D. 21 cm (8-1/4 in.)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-plucked-unfretted

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Harold H. Krechmer, in memory of her husband, Harold H. Krechmer, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.143.1


This elaborately decorated instrument is a modern version of the Arab 'ud, whose history in the Near East reaches back to the seventh century. The instrument's vaulted back is made of fifteen ribs (probably African mahogany) separated by patterned striping. The varnished spruce top has three fretwork roses made of white plastic surrounded by inlaid borders of abalone, plastic, colored wood, and brass triangles. The fingerboard inlay is decorated to match. The bent-back pegbox holds the lateral pegs for six double courses of strings.