Name: Sargija.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.6
Country: Bosnia & Hersegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Albania & Kosovo.
Region: Balkans & South East Europe.

Description: The sargija [in Serbian: шаргија; In Albanian: sharki or sharkia or in Bosnian and Croatian; šargija]; It is a chordophone that is a plucked fretted member of the long-necked lutes. It is found throughout the Balkans from Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Albania, Kosovo and Serbia.

History: The sargija originated in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the rule of the Byzantine empire. It is played by Albanians, Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats. Its original four strings have been increased to six or seven. The Sargija usually accompanies the violin. It has a jangling sound similar to the Turkish baglama saz.

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