Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Mvet

Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Peru
Culture:
Peruvian (Afro-Peruvian)
Medium:
Wood, gourd, strings
Dimensions:
L. 163.8 cm (64-1/2 in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither-plucked
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.708
Not on view
When this African instrument was acquired shortly before 1900 it generated much discussion among musical instrument scholars and anthropologists of the day. It was recognized that African influences were found in coastal areas where plantations were established but to find a West African instrument so far in the American interior was exceptional.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Oceanica and America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1913, vol. II, pg. 242.



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