Five-stringed Harp (Kundi)
Arts of Africa
Snakeskin, wood, copper wire, fiber
late 19th or early 20th century
10 x 13 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (25.4 x 34.3 x 10.8 cm) (show scale)
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Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Mangbetu. Five-stringed Harp (Kundi), late 19th or early 20th century. Snakeskin, wood, copper wire, fiber, 10 x 13 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (25.4 x 34.3 x 10.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.869. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.869_bottom_PS5.jpg)
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Viol shaped wooden resonator covered with snake skin. Two round openings are found on the anterior surface of the resonator. The neck of the harp is undecorated and polished. 5 peg holes are found on the neck. Pegs are missing 1 broken copper wire still remains on resonator.
Condition: Snake skin pieces separated, much of stiching is broken.
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