Jew's harp (susap)

1900–50


Object Place: Goroka, Papua New Guinea

Dimensions

Length 24 cm, width 2.7 cm (Length 9 7/16 in., width 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

2002.781

Medium or Technique

Bamboo

On View

Arts of Asia, Oceania, and Africa Gallery (Gallery 177)

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Idiophones

Cylindrical body of bamboo with cut-away tapered end. Two slender arms and central tongue. Etched geometric designs on surface. Hole with old cord at wide end.

Provenance

About 1967, gift of a villager in the Goroka area of Papua New Guinea to Solange Petit-Skinner, Boston; 2002, year-end gift of Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 2003)

Credit Line

Gift of Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner