Musical bow

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: Southern Africa


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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, gourd

Not On View


Musical Instruments



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.


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