Date: 19th century

Geography: India

Culture: Indian

Medium: Wood, pearl, ivory

Dimensions: L. 25 1/2 × W. 8 1/2 in. (64.8 × 21.6 cm)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-plucked

Credit Line: Gift of Miss Alice Getty, 1946

Accession Number: 46.34.79


Richly decorated musical instruments such as this sursanga were often given as gifts and used for display or wall decorations. This instrument is painted in the Mysore style and the belly depicts both Ganesha and Sarasvati.