Mangbetu. <em>Harp with Human Head (Kundi)</em>, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.1303_bottom_PS5.jpg)

Harp with Human Head (Kundi)


Medium: Wood, leather, fiber

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:early 20th century

Dimensions: 15 x 21 1/2 x 7 in. (38.1 x 54.6 x 17.8 cm)


Accession Number: 22.1303

Image: CUR.22.1303_bottom_PS5.jpg,

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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