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Harp with Human Head (Kundi)

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Mangbetu
MEDIUM Wood, leather, fiber
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 15 x 21 1/2 x 7 in. (38.1 x 54.6 x 17.8 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. Harp with Human Head (Kundi), early 20th century. Wood, leather, fiber, 15 x 21 1/2 x 7 in. (38.1 x 54.6 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1303. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE bottom, CUR.22.1303_bottom_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden resonator covered with hide. Resonator has double scalloped sides. A small red stamp is found on anterior surface. Neck is curved and topped by a human head with stylized headdress. Ears on head are pierced eyes look like they probably held beads. 3 strings remain attached to resonator. Condition: 2 strings are broken right proper ear is chipped. Fiber stitching on hide is coming apart.
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Harp with Human Head (Kundi)