Date: ca. 1865

Geography: India

Culture: Indian

Medium: Wood, parchment, ivory, gut, metal

Dimensions: 24 × 7 in. (61 × 17.8 cm)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted

Credit Line: Gift of Miss Alice Getty, 1946

Accession Number: 46.34.43


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 wood. The four playing strings on this instrument are made of goat gut, and the seventeen sympathetic strings are made of steel. The sarangi is used throughout India and has some regional variations, but it is a particularly important part of the Hindustani music of North India.