Sarangi, 19th century
Wood, metal, parchment, horsehair, mother–of–pearl, ivory, paint; H. 24 3/4 in. (62.8 cm), W. with pegs 8 1/4 in. (21 cm), D. with bridge 5 in. (12.5 cm)
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889 (89.4.200)
A sarangi is a bowed stringed instrument with a skin-covered resonator. The typical sarangi is made by hand, usually from a single block of tun wood. The playing strings are usually made of goat gut, but on this example the top two strings are metal. This small sarangi is unusual in that it does not have sympathetic strings.