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Mvet

Maker:
Fang people
Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Gabon
Culture:
Fang people
Medium:
Gourd, bark
Dimensions:
Height: 72 in. (182.9 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither-plucked
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1467
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.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
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