Musical bow (tshidzholo?)

Possibly Venda people
19th century

Object Place: Transvaal region, Southern Africa


Length 67.5 cm (26 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Musical Instruments



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.


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