Type: Chordophones > Lutes > Spiked > Waisted > Fretted
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.7
Region: South Asia.
Description: The taus is a bowed lute that is influenced from several different instruments notably the sitar for the neck and the saranghi for the body. Although the body is hollow it is carved out into shape and ornately decorated. Often the body exhibits the zoomorphic shape of peacock.
Citations: Bibliography: Website: metmuseum.org / Taus [mayuri] ;