Art/ Collection/ Art Object


late 19th century
Southeast Coast
Wood, vegetable fiber, gourd
L. 2 ft. 10-1/2 in. (L. C. says 10-1/4 in.)
Chordophone-Musical Bow
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
Not on view
This musical bow is formed from a narrow strip of wood. Between the two ends is stretched the strings which are made of vegetable fiber. A section of the shell of a gourd is fastened near the end of the bow along with several small pieces that rattle against it. The instrument rests against the chest of the performer while the instrument is played by being plucked with the finger.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Mr. Bates
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Historical Groups, Gallery 39. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1905, pg. 41.

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