Name: Sehtar

Type: Plucked > Long Necked Lute > Chordophone.

Region: Iran > Central Asia.

Dimensions: Scale Length cm.

Acquisition Date:

Acquisition Source: Mohammad Namazi.

Description: The sehtar [in Farsi سه‌تار‎‎] is a long necked lute, belonging to the chordophone family. It is played by plucking with only the use of slightly grown fingernails on the left hand. The name of the instrument derives from it originally being a three-stringed instrument. Seh meaning three in Farsi and Tar meaning string.

Having a total of four strings, three single strings and the fourth string in a pair. Four tuning pegs and a moveable bridge complete the instrument. The sehtar has 25 to 27 moveable frets traditionally from animal intestines. The body is assembled from staves.