Scraped mouth bow (xizambi)

Possibly Tsonga people
19th century


Object Place: Mozambique

Dimensions

Length 57.8 cm, width 4 cm (Length 22 3/4 in., width 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1701a-b

Medium or Technique

Wood, gourd

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Thin, slightly arched stave of wood with shallow notches along center section for 285 mm. Formerly strung with strip of leaf (now missing). Two small spherical fruit shells (gourds), each incised with four crosses and containing small rocks, are pierced by cylindrical stick of wood pointed at both ends and having short loop of string through hole near center. In ink on bow: BEIRA Portugese E. 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