Sarangi with bow - ROM2010_11325_2


Sarangi with bow

Medium:Wood box and frame, skin, copper alloy and nacre inlay, waxed fibre and horsehair strings
Geography: North India
Date: 19th century
66.1 x 27.9 x 24.3 cm
Object number: 969.266.9.A
Not on view
DescriptionThis bowed instrument began to figure most prominently in depictions of courtly musical practice from the 17th – 19th centuries. Its timbre compares to the female voice in the Hindustani aesthetic, and historically, it melodically accompanied vocal and dance genres. It began to decline in popularity during the 1850s due to sarangi musicians’ historical association with courtesans, as their accompanists and teachers. This negative affiliation has nuanced the musicians’ status today.
South Asia
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