George Harrison’s sitar was damaged in an “unfortunate accident” at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Olivia Harrison, widow of the late Beatle, loaned the complex instrument to the famous institution.
A spokeswoman for the museum said that the sitar was repaired following the incident.
“In 2016, during preparation for a temporary exhibition an unfortunate accident occurred causing partial damage to a sitar on loan from Olivia Harrison,” the V&A said.
“The care and protection of objects entrusted to us is of the utmost importance and we take these matters extremely seriously.
“Following conservation assessment, one of the sitar’s gourds was fully repaired in consultation with leading experts, and no permanent damage was sustained.