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)
Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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.
This item is not on view
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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