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The instrument known as a Tanbour or Tambur is a long-necked Lute which appears in Turkey and Iran. Under various names, a similar instrument is known from the Balkans to North West Asia. It has between 2 or 3 double string Courses and is possibly the oldest stringed instrument of the body-and-neck type and is thought to derive from Ancient Egypt or Babylon.

The body was traditionally carved from Mulberry wood with a separate pierced Mulberry Soundboard. It has 14 tied gut Frets and is played by Strumming with the fingers (shorr) and plucking with the fingers.