Art/ Collection/ Art Object


late 19th century
Teak, parchment, ivory, horsehair
H. 70.8 x W.25.4 x D. 20.5 cm (27 7/8 x 10 x 8 1/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Alice Getty, 1946
Accession Number:
46.34.42a, b
Not on view
The sārindā's bi-partite body is carved from a single block tun (Cedrela toona) wood and the lower section is covered with parchment. This elaborate version is decorated with ivory and bone. It's four melody strings sound when bowed activating the twenty-four sympathetic strings which are guided through the lower part of the bridge to holes in the fingerboard. Double-chested fiddles are found in South Asia and southern Afghanistan and is derived from qobuz of Central Asia. It is used to accompany dance, flute and vocal music.
Alice Getty ; Henry Harrison Getty
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, p. 156, ill.

Gloire des princes, louange des dieux: Patrimoine musical de l'Hindoustan du XIVe au XXe siecle. Exhibition catalogue., Musee de la Musique, Cite da la musique, Paris, 2003 Reunion des musees natinaux, Paris, 2003 . Paris, 2003, pg. 121, fig. 63, ill.

"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 10-11, ill.

"Hindu Musical Instruments." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1955), Vol. XIV, No. 3, pg. 74, ill.

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