Mangbetu. <em>Five-stringed Harp with Human Head (Kundi)</em>, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.870_bottom_PS5.jpg)

Five-stringed Harp with Human Head (Kundi)


Medium: Wood, hide

Geograhical Locations:

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)


Accession Number: 22.870

Image: CUR.22.870_bottom_PS5.jpg,

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.

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