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    Sale 5100

    Indian & Islamic Works of Art

    26 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 436

    AN IVORY INLAID SARANDA, INDIA, 17TH/18TH CENTURY

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    AN IVORY INLAID SARANDA, INDIA, 17TH/18TH CENTURY
    Of typical bowl shape, with ivory beading to top edges and flowers to neck, the body carved with lotus petals, parchment cover to drum - 61in (24cm) long


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    Played with a bow, the Saranda is associated with Sikh music and is variously thought to have been invented by the third Sikh Guru Amar Das (1479-1574) and Guru Arjan Dev (1563-1606) the fifth Sikh guru. Traditional Sikh musicians called rababis, raagis and dhaadis played the Saranda until the 1920s when it was replaced by more contemporary instruments.

    For a 19th century example see Susan Stronge, The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms, Weatherhill, 1999, fig. 42

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