Arts of Africa
Tortoise shell, wood, hide
late 19th or early 20th century
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Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Lute, late 19th or early 20th century. Tortoise shell, wood, hide, 24 x 6 in. (61.0 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1693. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.1693_top_PS5.jpg)
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Two stringed lute. Tortoise shell resonater. Straight wooden neck. Carved at end of neck is a round tabular decoration. One of two pegs is still found in place. A fiber plucking cord is still attached to peg. The anterior surface of the resonator is a hide covering on which several round sounding holes are found.
Condition: Worn. Tortoise shell is cracked. Hide is also cracked in sections and is beginning to come apart. Wood is scratched.
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