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the above painting, the
The setar is a
four stringed lute. Two of the strings are made of steel, two are of
brass, and they are tuned to c, c semi-sharp, g, and c semi-sharp, respectively.
In the above painting, it is depicted with a zarb. The average setar
is 85 cm long, 20 cm wide, and has a 15 cm deep gourd, and is made entirely
of wood. (Unlike the tar which has a membrane streched across the body.)
Also, unlike the tar, the player plucks the strings with the nail of
the index finger, instead of using a plectrum.