Rajão - an instrument I made using Maya and Substance 3D Painter. My inspiration came from a real portugese guitar, which you can find in the Metmuseum's collection. I find the guitar's shape absolutely charming. In this project, my main focus was on the texture; this guitar has already played many tunes. 😁

Description from Metmuseum's website:

“This folk instrument from the Portuguese island of Madeira typically had five strings, but this example has only four. Da Costa’s unusual rajão is built in the shape of a fish. The instrument was popular with Portuguese sailors, who took it around the world. They introduced the rajão to native Hawaiians, and it inspired the creation of the ukulele.

Maker: Augusto Merciano da Costa

Date: late 19th Century”

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