Musical bow (tshidzholo?)

Possibly Venda people
19th century


Object Place: Transvaal region, Southern Africa

Dimensions

Length 67.5 cm (26 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1703

Medium or Technique

Bamboo

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Body of bamboo with four nodes, shaped to point at distal end and open along one side except for 95 mm at proximal end. Strung with brass wire (diameter 0.48 mm), tied to notch at distal end and wrapped around lateral tuning peg of wood at proximal end. Remnants of older (?) brass wire (of two diameters, 0.38 mm & 0.78 mm) on tuning peg. In ink on body: Transvaal.

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