DAN TY BA VIETNAM
Dan Ty' Bà, Vietnam, early 20th century.
Pear shaped short neck luth.
Back, neck and head in one single piece of wood.
Peghead decorated with a carved bat.
12 frets on the table.
It was played with a large plectrum, today the frets numbers is higher and musicians use fingerpicks.
Ty' Bà is the vietnamese version of the chinese Pi Pà, Dan being the prefix meaning stringed instrument.
Total length: 939 mm