Musical bow (lesiba)

Probably Sotho people
19th century


Object Place: Lesotho

Dimensions

Length 95.7 cm, width 1.8 cm (Length 37 11/16 in., width 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.2180

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Irregularly arched branch of wood, formerly strung with “twisted gut” (now missing), tied to notch at one end and to lateral tuning peg (also now missing) at opposite end. Bound with two wraps of iron wire at tuning peg end. In ink on bow stave: Lesiba / Basutoland

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