Sarangi and bow, wood / goat skin / metal / plastic, maker unknown, Nepal, 2000-2004
Nepalese sarangi (bowed string musical instrument) with four strings. The head, neck and body are carved from a single piece of wood. The instrument has an elongated bowl-shaped body with a lower front side, which is partly covered with stretched goat skin for the sound board. The floating bridge fits at an angle on the sound board and is held in place by the tensioned strings. The upper front half of the body is open. At the head of the instrument is a carved hollowed scroll and four wooden tuning pegs. The nut is made from bamboo. The strings include one metal sitar string and three synthetic strings used to string badminton rackets. The bow is made from bamboo with fine strands of nylon fishing line to form the bow hair.