Arched harp (kundi?)

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, animal skin

Not On View


Musical Instruments



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


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