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Sarangi
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This sarangi is carved from a single block and decorated with virtuosity with green and golden leaf-design on a black lacquer background. Its neck is lined with purple velvet, the pins are covered with silver hoods. Therefore, it is a representative object, intended to be for show rather than actually played. The sarangi is said to resemble the human voice and to be the Indian instrument most difficult to master. It is one of the most important musical instruments in the North-Indian tradition.

History of the Object
The object was presented to King Albert of Saxony as a part of a five-piece-collection of string instruments. Raja Sourindro Mohun Tagore from the well known politically and artistically influential Tagore-family of Bengal presented it to the King during his trip to Europe. Being a musical researcher, publisher and patron of culture, Raja Tagore tried to heighten the esteem of Indian cultural elements in other parts of the world. He also came to be known as the founder of the first Bengali Music School and the first Bengali Music Academy. The five instruments were essential for the foundation of an Indian Collection within the Ethnological Museum Dresden. The books on Indian music presented with the instruments became part of the Royal Library.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
Wood, metal, membrane, tinfoil, colour 
Measurements
Width 18 cm. Height 55 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown Indian artist 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Bengal, India 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
string instrument to be played with a bow 
Acquisition
Presented as a gift by Raja Sourindro Mohun Tagore to King Albert of Saxony as part of a five-piece-collection of string instruments 
Copyright
Staatliche Ethnographische Sammlungen Sachsen, Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden Foto: Eva Winkler 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden 
Museum
Museum of Ethnography, Dresden 
Credit line
Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden, Staatliche Ethnographische Sammlungen Sachsen, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden 

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