Historic & Contemporary Wunderkammer
Elegant Sarinda or Short-Necked Lute. Bengal region of Northeastern India, Early 19th C
The music instrument was carved from a solid block of Teak or Mulberry wood.The lower part of the soundboard was covered with skin and the simple bowed instrument would have three gut strings. Particularly appealing is the top of the neck carved in the shape of a stylized peacock, impersonating Sarasvatî, the Indian goddess of music. For a very similar example, see this piece from the Met Museum.
Collection Mr Strulu
Collection Alain Guisson
h x w x d
69 x 23 x 16cm