Skip Navigation

Five-stringed Harp with Human Head (Kundi)

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Mangbetu
MEDIUM Wood, hide
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 13 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (34.3 x 54.6 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 22.870
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.

Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact reproductions@brooklynmuseum.org (charges apply).

For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch.

For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright.

If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact copyright@brooklynmuseum.org.
CAPTION Mangbetu. Five-stringed Harp with Human Head (Kundi), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, hide, 13 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (34.3 x 54.6 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.870. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE bottom, CUR.22.870_bottom_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Viol-shaped resonator, pointed at both ends. Resonator is made of wood and covered with hide. Two round openings are found on anterior surface. Curved neck is topped by a human head with stylized headdress. 5 peg holes are found on the neck, pegs are missing. CONDITION: Cracks are found in surface of hide.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (71%)
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.
Five-stringed Harp with Human Head (Kundi)