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Five-stringed Harp (Kundi)

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Mangbetu
MEDIUM Snakeskin, wood, copper wire, fiber
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 10 x 13 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (25.4 x 34.3 x 10.8 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 22.869
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE bottom, CUR.22.869_bottom_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (71%)
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