Authentic Antique Tibetan Tungna Hand Carved Musical String Instrument
Tungna is finely carved wooden simple musical instrument comes from its goatskin cover. It has commonly four strings that were initially made of the gut of sheep but now replaced by cord. The number of strings may even extend to six as well. The vibrations create a warm atmosphere of communal joy while playing. The origin of Tungna spans across the hills of northern India, Nepal and Bhutan and also traced to Tibet. This musical instrument is considered as the symbol of the Padma Sambhava, the musically enlightened Buddhist monk. Often in the streets of Kathmandu I would see wandering minstrels playing the Tungna. Length is 32″ Depth ranges from 3 to 6 “. Sound board is 8” in diameter. Wonderful rare collectible for the musician. Age unknown.