Lamellaphone (malimba)

Unknown people
19th century


Object Place: Nigeria

Dimensions

Length 31.6 cm, width 10.5 cm, depth 4 cm (Length 12 7/16 in., width 4 1/8 in., depth 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.2188

Medium or Technique

Wood, cane

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Idiophones

Composite box-shaped body of wood with incised designs on all surfaces. Small triangular soundhole just below bridge and small circular soundhole (?) on back near upper end. Eight lamellae of cane tied in place between wood backrest and bridge with twined plant fiber. Printed paper label glued to back: (West Coast of Africa)

Inscription

Printed paper label glued to back: (West Coast of Africa)

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection