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Five-stringed Harp (Kundi)

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Mangbetu
MEDIUM Wood, hide, wire, fiber
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 11 x 17 x 13 1/8 in. (28.0 x 43.2 x 13 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Viol shaped wooden resonator covered with hide. Two round openings are found on the anterior surface. 4 wire strings are still attached to resonater. The neck is curved and undecorated 5 peg holes are found. Pegs are missing. CONDITION: Pieces of hide from posterior surface are beginning to detach. Old crack in neck wire strings are broken.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Mangbetu. Five-stringed Harp (Kundi), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, hide, wire, fiber, 11 x 17 x 13 1/8 in. (28.0 x 43.2 x 13 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.865. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.865_front_PS5.jpg)
IMAGE front, CUR.22.865_front_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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