Musical bow (setolotolo)

Probably Sotho people
19th century

Object Place: Lesotho


Length 86 cm (33 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, plant fiber

Not On View


Musical Instruments



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


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