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Five String Harp with Human Head (Kundi)

Arts of Africa

CULTURES Mangbetu; or Zande
MEDIUM Wood, hide, beads
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 25 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 3 in. (64.1 x 15.9 x 7.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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CAPTION Mangbetu. Five String Harp with Human Head (Kundi), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, hide, beads, 25 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 3 in. (64.1 x 15.9 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.867a-b. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE bottom, CUR.22.867a-b_bottom_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Five stringed harp (Kundi). Oval shaped wooden resonator covered with hide. Two round openings are found on the anterior surface. Neck of harp is curved with a human head at top. Head is adorned with a hatch striped coiffure. Arms, breasts, and female genitals are also indicated on neck. The eyes consist of white glass beads, the ears are pierced, and the face is lighter in color than the headdress and the remainder of the neck. Red stamp applied to bottom of resonator. Condition: Large piece of hide detaching from back. Stitching coming apart. Pegs and strings are missing.
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Five String Harp with Human Head (Kundi)