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Horn, narsiga, formed of sheets of copper, with brass rings containing rattling ball bearings. The tubular proximal end of brass contains a brass cone defining the interior bore profile, concealed behind the concave disc-shaped mouthpiece. Examples of the proximal brass tube, the cone and the disc-shaped mouthpiece were acquired with the instrument, together with a sheet of copper used in manufacturing the horn and a bag of the ball bearings.


Musical Instruments

7 items (description level: top)

423.121.2 End-blown labrosones with curved or folded tubes
Broad category
Musical Instruments, Aerophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  narsiga
object name (unclassified):  narsīgā
object name (local):  narsinga
object name:  ranasringa
catalogue title:  423.121.2 End-blown labrosones with curved or folded tubes

Additional maker information
maker:  Vig, Parveen
Punjab, India, South Asia, Asia
Additional place information
made or collected:  Punjab 
Date made
circa 2005
Additional date information
date made:  circa 2005 
Birley, Margaret
Additional collector information
collector:  Birley, Margaret 
Date collected
Additional date information
date collected:  2006-03-25 

Materials & techniques
brass; copper
Additional material & technique information
material: brass (overall)
material: copper (overall)
overall: 1100 mm x 400 mm x 210 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 1100 mm x 400 mm x 210 mm

vendor:  Vig, Parveen 

Lip-activated, trilled between one note and the note a tone above. The instrument is played standing. It accompanies the procession of the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book of the Sikhs) in the Golden Temple when it is taken from the room where it is stored every morning and evening. Most of the narsingas made by the firm are ordered by the dera sadhus.
Instrument is beaten out and has central seam.

Related objects
contains ranasringa; upper section (2006.472.1) contains ranasringa; lower section (2006.472.2) contains ranasringa; mouthpiece (2006.472.3) contains ranasringa; conical section (2006.472.4) contains ranasringa; tubular cover (2006.472.5) contains ranasringa; copper sheet (2006.472.6) contains ranasringa; ball bearings (2006.472.7)
Related subjects
object name: horns
object name: narsigas
title: 423.121.2 End-blown labrosones with curved or folded tubes

Record created 2006-09-27
Record last updated 2019-10-10

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