The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
The mvet player (mbom-mvet) is considered a semi professional player by the Fang people. Following apprenticeship with a master, he must pass physical, moral, and intellectual tests before initiation into the brotherhood of mbon-mvet. Much in demand for special family occasions, he plays music of a lyrical nature, accompanies song, genealogies and epic poems and may also dance and pantomime.