Mangbetu. <em>Five-stringed Harp (Kundi)</em>, 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)

Five-stringed Harp (Kundi)


Medium: Snakeskin, wood, copper wire, fiber

Geograhical Locations:

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)


Accession Number: 22.869

Image: CUR.22.869_bottom_PS5.jpg,

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.

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