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Ngombi (arched Harp)

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Gabon
Culture:
Fang/Kele people
Medium:
Wood, skin, vegetable fiber, leather
Dimensions:
18 1/2 × 2 15/16 × 4 3/4 in. (47 × 7.5 × 12 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Harp
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.3527
Not on view
Ngombi (ombi) with fiber strings.
Unlike the triangular European harp, the arched harp consists of two elements, a soundbox with a curved neck rising from it. Strings made of gut or plant fiber rise diagonally from the soundtable.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Edward A. Ford
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