Called a huka banam, this beautiful object is actually a single stringed lute carved in the shape of a human figure and played with a bow. A single string passes across a hide drum section in the belly of the figure, under the jaw and is wrapped around a peg (missing) which is held through the sides of the head. The string can be tightened in this manner to produce a particular sound. Hand carved hardwood, hide, wood base. Late 19th - early 20th century. Condition: very good.
Measurements: 51 cm tall, 17 cm wide at shoulders
The Santal are a scheduled tribe of people indigenous to the Terai region of Nepal and India