Date: 19th century

Geography: Gujarat, India

Culture: Indian

Medium: Wood, metal, parchment, horsehair, mother-of -pearl, ivory, paint

Dimensions: 24 3/4 × 8 1/4 × 4 15/16 in. (62.8 × 21 × 12.5 cm)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted

Credit Line: The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889

Accession Number: 89.4.200a, b


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.