Name: Bhutanese Dramyen.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.6
Acquisition: One in Collection.
Area: Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim & Ladakh.
Region: South Asia.
Description: The dramyen is a long necked lute that is found in Tibet, northern Nepal, Sikkim and Ladakh. The over all length can came be from 70 cm to 120 cm. The hollowed out resonator is also covered with a membrane of skin snake or goat etc. The pegbox is and over all instrument is highly ornate. Buddhist iconography and zoomorphic representations of dragons are featured.
Construction: On my specimen it is made of three main components the body or resonator, the neck and head stock. Which holds a total of six wooden friction tuning pegs. The ornamentation of the instrument is both paint and a material called “chesso” which when applied giving the artwork a 3D texture. A soundboard is applied to the to the top of the body completing the resonator.
Citation: Bibliography: Websites: / Mireille Helffer / Oxford Music Online – Grove