Objects from our Past
Jamaica has a rich history and, as we celebrate 50 years of Independence, we take a look back at how we got here. With the kind assistance of the Institute of Jamaica, 'Objects from our Past' will highlight a total of 50 objects which are part of the Institute of Jamaica's collection. Today we feature two of these Objects from our Past. Check this space next Sunday for two more.
The fishpot is used by the Maroons in Jamaica for general fish-trapping. The pot is made of weaved strips of bamboo to ensure fish enter but cannot exit the pot. The pot is placed as part of a stone barrier built in the river that forces fish to swim directly into it and be captured.
The Sarangi is the most popular bowed instrument of India. The Sarangi's history is several hundred years old, beginning as a voice accompaniment and gaining a reputation as a wonderful solo instrument. However, the Sarangi fell into disrepute after it became the instrument of courtesans - beautiful ladies who entertained noblemen. The sarangi is capable of closely imitating the human voice. This instrument is made of a block of wood, with goatskin stretched over it. There are three main playing strings and 30 to 40 sympathetic strings. The sarangi is played with the tops of the fingernails of the left hand pulling the main strings. It is bowed with a heavy bow. In India and Pakistan, it was used to play classical music. In Jamaica, however, the sarangi is used to play folk music.