An oustanding old tbal or drum from Mauritania. Its main body is made of a single piece of wood beautifully carved and decorated in black and red. Straps of leather are nicely intertwined to make a pair of handles and to secure the lower part to the piece hide tighly pulled on top of the drum. Some cracking on its surface add up to its overall appeal. Wonderful patina. A great piece.
A marnificent Afghan wooden rbab. The neck is wonderfully carved and it is ornated, as well as the rest of the instrument, with exquisite mother-of-the-pearl and bone inlaid decoration. The rbab or rubab is the true Afggan instrument. It is uses to accompany classical, ghazal and folklore music recitals. It was invented in Afghanistan but it is extremey popular in other aras such as India or Pakistan. Its sound is similar to that of the guitar and it can produce very high pitches.
A great painted Moroccan wooden and skin drum -tabl- or -tablah-. It is in great state and its decoration makes it particulalry lively and attractive. An instrument that is a constant in all Moroccan celebrations.