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Ngombi (ombi)

Maker:
Fang people? (Gabon)
Date:
19th century
Geography:
Gabon
Culture:
possibly Fang
Medium:
Wood, skin, leather
Dimensions:
24 7/16 × 5 5/16 × 5 5/16 in. (62 × 13.5 × 13.5 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Harp
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.544
Not on view
Unlike the triangular European harp, the arched harp, like this Ngombi, consists of two elements, a soundbox and a curved neck rising from it. Strings made of gut or plant fiber attach diagonally from the soundtable.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 17.



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