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  • Slit drum

    19th century

    Description

    Loaf-shaped, hollowed-out body of mahogany (?) with flat ends. Top surface flattened off with two large rectangular slits connected through septum at center by narrow slit. Small iron nails driven into top surface near ends. Surface shows rough tool marks.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.7 cm, width 22 cm, depth 22.9 cm (Length 23 1/2 in., width 8 11/16 in., depth 9 in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany?

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2013

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  • Vessel rattle

    20th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 23 x 7.5 cm (9 1/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    2007.902

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    Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

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  • Vessel rattle

    20th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 25.2 x 4.8 cm (9 15/16 x 1 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, vegetable husks

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    2007.1007

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  • Basket rattle

    19th century

    Description

    Hourglass-shaped body of woven cane with tuft of animal hair tied around waist with strips of cane and cloth. Nutshells inside.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 42 cm, width 15 cm (Length 16 9/16 in., width 5 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Cane, nutshells

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2189

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  • Bell rattle

    mid-20th century

    Description

    Body comprised of bundle of strips of animal skin, one half wrapped with twined plant fiber and burlap to form cigar-shaped handle. Seven longitudinal rows of cowrie shells tied along handle. Tied near lower end of handle are four small bronze bells, two loops of white seed beads, two loops of larger white beads, and piece of red yarn. Loop of twine at upper end of handle for carrying.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 38 cm, width 5.5 cm (Length 14 15/16 in., width 2 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Leather, vegetable fiber, seashells, seed beads, bronze

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    1985.833

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    Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

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  • Clapperless bell

    20th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 53 x 21 x 11 cm (20 7/8 x 8 1/4 x 4 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Iron

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    2008.20

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  • Scraper

    20th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 27.5 x 3 cm (10 13/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Iron

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    2008.24

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    Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

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  • Lamellaphone (mbira)

    mid-20th century

    Description

    One-piece box-shaped body of fig tree wood (?), hollowed-out from one end about half way in. Twenty-four lamellae of iron held in place by straining bar of iron and iron wire. Wood backrest and iron bridge. Lower portion of soundtable surface covered by sheet of metal attached with iron wire, on top of which are nine bottle caps (some marked "Lion Lager"), each attached by iron wire.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 23.7 cm, width 21 cm, depth 5 cm (Length 9 5/16 in., width 8 1/4 in., depth 1 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, iron, bottle caps

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    1986.604

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  • Lamellaphone (likembe)

    19th century

    Description

    One-piece box-shaped body of hollowed-out wood with cut-out section on back of top end and separate strip of wood on left side closing resonating chamber. Four randomly placed domed brass tacks on soundtable. Squarish soundhole (10 x 10 mm) at center of back and semicircular soundhole (15 x 8 mm) at center of bottom end. Ten lamellae of iron held in place by iron straining bar tied down with strips of cane. Backrest of wood capped by strip of cane. U-shaped bridge of iron, the ends tied with braided cloth cord strung alternately with cowrie shells and glass beads (blue, green, and black).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 16.1 cm, width 8.6 cm, depth 3.2 cm (Length 6 5/16 in., width 3 3/8 in., depth 1 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, iron

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2187

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  • Lamellaphone (malimba)

    19th century

    Description

    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)

    Details

    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.)

    Medium

    Wood, cane

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2188

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  • Lamellaphone

    20th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 25.5 x 22 x 5 cm (10 1/16 x 8 11/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, iron

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    2007.900

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  • Lamellaphone

    20th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 31 x 12 x 13 cm (12 3/16 x 4 3/4 x 5 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, iron, gourd

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    2007.901

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  • Xylophone (mbila) and one mallet

    19th century

    Description

    U-shaped frame of wood with shallow notches along upper edges of sides. Centrally-placed longitudinal strut joined to frame at each end with two round tenons. Ten keys of wood, each pair divided by additional strips of wood set on edge, all tied together and to frame with leather strips. Attached to holes in strut under each key are gourd resonators of graded size, each with small nipple with circular opening to receive mirilton (nearly all missing). Single extant mallet of wood with head formed from natural latex rubber.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55.5 cm, width 36.5 cm (Length 21 7/8 in., width 14 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, gourds

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2182a-b

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  • Hourglass drum

    19th century

    Description

    Hourglass-shaped body of dark wood. Animal skin heads at each end, held in place by laces of thin twined plant fiber, with six additional loops of twine around laces at waist. Roll of red cloth encircling each head and separate strip serving as carrying strap.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 47.5 cm, diameter 23 cm (Height 18 11/16 in., diameter 9 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, animal skin, plant fiber, cloth

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

    Accession Number

    17.2185

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  • Hourglass drum

    19th century

    Description

    Hourglass-shaped body of very thin wood, the waist section colored pale salmon. Heads of animal skin at each end, held in place by laces of thin twined plant fiber. Several later laces of thin cotton (?) cord.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 28.7 cm, diameter 19.8 cm (Height 11 5/16 in., diameter 7 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, animal skin, plant fiber

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

    Accession Number

    17.2016

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  • Goblet drum

    20th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 71 x 28 cm (27 15/16 x 11 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, calfskin, iron, vegetable fiber

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

    Accession Number

    2007.1008

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  • Kettle drum

    20th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Overall: 44 (incl. handle) x 34 x 22 cm (17 5/16 x 13 3/8 x 8 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, calfskin

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

    Accession Number

    2007.1009

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  • Goblet drum

    19th century

    Description

    Conical wood body terminating in cylindrical section with three small feet. Head end is ovoid. Single head of animal skin, held in place by web of thick twined plant fiber laced around two separate rings of braided palm (?) fiber. Small carrying loop of leather at one edge of head.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 43.5 cm, diameter 25.5 cm (Height 17 1/8 in., diameter 10 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, animal skin, plant fiber

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

    Accession Number

    17.2186

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  • End-blown flute

    about 1925

    Description

    Slender conical body of wood stained/painted black with beveled embouchure end. Narrow end pierced longitudinally by small hole into bore and tip steeply cut away along one side. Integral eyelet near embouchure end with long carrying cord of twined plant fiber.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 31.2 cm, width 3.4 cm (Length 12 5/16 in., width 1 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, plant fiber

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.297

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  • End-blown whistle

    about 1920

    Description

    Slender conical body of dark wood terminating in bulbous head. Base of head has two carved rings, sides have two small holes opposite each other, and top has circular embouchure hole surrounded by carved lips in shape of fish mouth. Lozenge-shaped fingerhole (?) near distal end, and hole with short loop of twined plant fiber. Remnants of bug (?) inside.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 29.8 cm, width 4.6 cm (Length 11 3/4 in., width 1 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.298

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  • Double duct whistle (uveve?)

    about 1950

    Description

    Two tubes of cane bound together with twined plant fiber and wrapped with several strands of red and white seed beads. Duct in upper ends formed by plugs of black mastic. Single strand of white seed beads serves as carrying strap.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 12.2 cm, width 2.9 cm (Length 4 13/16 in., width 1 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Cane, seed beads

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.299

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  • End-blown flute (wua)

    probably late 19th century

    Description

    Conical body of dark wood terminating in flattened Y-shape at top with beveled surface for circular embouchure hole. Upper half of body has three raised fingerholes and is wrapped with strips of snakeskin. Lower half of body wrapped with animal skin, and end pierced by hole for carrying cord.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 17.9 cm, width 4.2 cm (Length 7 1/16 in., width 1 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, snakeskin, animal skin

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.294

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  • End-blown flute (wua)

    early 20th century

    Description

    Small abtract phallus-shaped body of dark wood with flattened Y-shape at top with circular embouchure hole. Bent "arms" project from each side with small fingerhole at "elbows."

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 6.6 cm, width 3.9 cm (Length 2 5/8 in., width 1 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.295

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  • End-blown flute (wua)

    mid-20th century

    Description

    Conical body of dark wood terminating in flattened Y-shape at top with beveled surface for circular embouchure hole. Bent "arms" project from each side, one containing fingerhole. Wrapped with strips of snakeskin except near lower end. Lower end pierced by hole for carrying cord.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 40.9 cm, width 8.5 cm (Length 16 1/8 in., width 3 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, snakeskin

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.296

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  • End-blown flute

    20th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 43 x 11 x 4 cm (16 15/16 x 4 5/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, leather

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    2008.23

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  • End-blown flute

    19th century

    Description

    Conical body of ivory (elephant tusk) with slightly concave embouchure end. Two small circular fingerholes near narrow end. Integral eyelet near center of body with leather carrying strap.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 31 cm, width 5 cm (Length 12 3/16 in., width 1 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ivory, leather

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.2183

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  • End-blown flute (ndere)

    19th century

    Description

    Cylindrical body of cane, decorated with irregularly-spaced stripes of brown edged by black. Wrapped in five places with black cord (possibly later addition to stabilize cracks). Embouchure hole slightly beveled on outside. Three large widely-spaced fingerholes on flattened surface near distal end. In white paint: 8022. In ink near both ends: a / c.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 67.3 cm, width 2 cm (Length 26 1/2 in., width 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Cane

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.2184

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  • End-blown flute

    19th century

    Description

    Cylindrical body of cane wrapped with alternate bands of animal skin and tin. Ends wrapped with snakeskin. Wrapped in two spots with large seed beads (black, white, green, red) and small seashells, and tied with braided black cotton (?) carrying cord with two tassels at each end. U-shaped notched embouchure. Four fingerholes in lower half.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 61.3 cm, width 3.5 cm (Length 24 1/8 in., width 1 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, tin, animal skin, seed beads

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.2191

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  • Side-blown trumpet

    19th century

    Description

    Conical body of ivory (elephant tusk) decorated near center with geometric patterns comprised of small black incised circles with central dot. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole surrounded by raised diamond-shape.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 50 cm, width 8.5 cm (Length 19 11/16 in., width 3 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.1960

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  • Side-blown trumpet (kondo)

    about 1970

    Description

    Conical body of light wood stained black, carved with several stepped sections and hollowed out through entire length. Oval embouchure hole. End of bell wrapped with animal skin, laced with leather. Strip of leather for carrying strap.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 78.3 cm, width 6.6 cm (Length 30 13/16 in., width 2 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1977.77

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  • Side-blown trumpet

    19th century

    Description

    Conical body of ivory (elephant tusk), carved with head and torso of man with folded arms, wearing turban and necklaces. Further carved with patterns of rings, diagonals, and crisscrosses. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole. Small hole near edge of bell.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 24.3 cm, width 4.4 cm (Length 9 9/16 in., width 1 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.300

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  • Side-blown trumpet

    19th century

    Description

    Conical body of wood wrapped with animal skin with fur, held in place by single line of leather stitching. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole with leather strips wrapped around body just above and below. Loop of leather for hanging tied at embouchure end.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 63.8 cm, width 7.6 cm (Length 25 1/8 in., width 3 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, animal skin

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.301

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  • Side-blown trumpet

    1925–50

    Description

    Conical body of two pieces of hollowed-out dark wood with cylindrical section at embouchure end. Rectangular-shaped embouchure hole. Bell wrapped with several strands of thin twined plant fiber and fewer larger braided strands. Two large braided strands tied longitudinally along each side of embouchure hole, with fragments of feathers at upper ends. Wrappings of black plant fiber (?) in zigzag pattern just above and below embouchure hole. Projecting from twined wrapping at embouchure end are tufts of black animal hair. Short carrying loop of braided twine tied at embouchure end.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 42.7 cm, width 4.3 cm (Length 16 13/16 in., width 1 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, plant fiber

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.302

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  • Side-blown trumpet

    20th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 84 x 15 cm (33 1/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    2008.21

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  • Musical bow

    19th century

    Description

    Thick re-curved stave of wood, wrapped in several places with thin strips of sinew (?) and notched at one end. Originally strung with strip of leather (now missing). Short stick (or arrow?) of reed formerly associated with it.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 155.9 cm (61 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1698

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  • Musical bow (ugubhu?)

    19th century

    Description

    Arched branch of wood strung with brass wire (diameter 0.76 mm), secured at one end (presumably upper) in a V notch, and at the other (presumably lower) in a circular groove. Double-chambered gourd resonator tied to stave with thick twine, the twine attached to the gourd by a loop around a short wooden stick. Small curved friction bow (length 112 mm) with cow tail-hair (?) previously tied to stave with cotton cord, and previously associated with this instrument, has been removed. In ink on bow stave: Gubo / Transvaal.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 18.3 cm, diameter 12.3 cm (Height 7 3/16 in., diameter 4 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, gourd

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1699

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  • Musical bow

    19th century

    Description

    Irregularly arched branch of wood strung with twined plant fiber, but also having wrappings of strips of cane (?) at the ends. Two small areas near center of wood blackened from fire (?). Spherical gourd resonator tied around stave and string with twined plant fiber. Beater stick (of tentative association) marked in ink: BEIRA.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 106.2 cm, width 13.4 cm, depth 9.8 cm (Length 41 13/16 in., width 5 1/4 in., depth 3 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, gourd

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1702

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  • Musical bow (lesiba)

    19th century

    Description

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.2180

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  • Scraped mouth bow (xizambi)

    19th century

    Description

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Wood, gourd

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1701a-b

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  • Musical bow (tshidzholo?)

    19th century

    Description

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 67.5 cm (26 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1703

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  • Musical bow (setolotolo)

    19th century

    Description

    Three-piece construction comprised of cylindrical center section of wood (length 520 mm) with hole in each end for insertion of smaller, slightly arched pieces of wood (lengths 200 and 228 mm). Strung with copper wire, bound to middle of center section and tied to end sections with gut (?). One end of center section bound with several wrappings of twined plant fiber with loop for hanging. In ink on main section: Tolo tolo / Basutoland

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 86 cm (33 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, plant fiber

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.2181

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  • Stick zither (zeze?)

    19th century

    Description

    Bar-shaped body of dark wood covered with incised geometric designs. Three cylindrical-shaped "frets" protrude on each side. Calabash resonator and collar tied to body with cotton (?) cord. Four strings of twisted plant fiber tied to small knob at distal end of body and to one of two knobs of fork at proximal end. Piece of broken quill (?) tied under strings near forked end of body.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 64 cm, width 21 cm, depth 19.5 cm (Length 25 3/16 in., width 8 1/4 in., depth 7 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, gourd, plant fiber

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1700

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  • Trough zither (inanga)

    20th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 76 x 24 x 7 cm (29 15/16 x 9 7/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, nylon

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2008.22

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  • Bowl lyre (ndongo)

    19th century

    Description

    Shallow hemispherical body of wood with sound table of snakeskin with one small circular soundhole at proper right side. Center of back covered by small square (130 x 130 mm) of animal skin, pierced around perimeter by strands of twisted plant fiber radiating to edge of body in alternating bands of black and red. Two wood arms pierce sound table and support wood yoke at upper end. Attached to ends of yoke are strands of cowrie shells and large tufts of black and gray monkey hair. Eight strings of twisted plant fiber pierce sound table and body and are tied to wood peg at lower end, and are tied to cloth tuning rings at yoke.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 66 cm, width 53.5 cm (Length 26 in., width 21 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, monitor lizard skin, goat hair, cowrie shells

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.2179

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  • Arched harp (kundi?)

    19th century

    Description

    Boat-shaped body of wood wrapped with animal skin, held in place by stitching of sinew (?) along back. Two circular soundholes at opposite corners of sound table. Arched neck of wood. Five strings of gut (later addition) attached to lateral tuning pegs of wood and tied to strip of wood running beneath sound table. Paper label glued to bottom of body: No. 28 / 15

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    Dimensions

    Length 65 cm, width 9.5 cm (Length 25 9/16 in., width 3 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, animal skin

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1783

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

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  • Arched harp (kundi)

    late 19th century

    Description

    Waisted boat-shaped body of wood wrapped with animal skin, held in place by single line of leather stitching along back. Two circular soundholes at opposite corners of sound table. Arched neck of wood terminating in carved elongated head of man with eyes made from white seed beads. Five strings of gut attached to lateral tuning pegs of wood (one later addition) and tied to strip of wood running beneath sound table. Painted in white at base of neck: FX93365

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57 cm, width 14.5 cm (Length 22 7/16 in., 5 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, cowhide

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1994.194

    Collections

    Africa and Oceania, Musical Instruments

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