late 19th century
L. 6 ft.
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
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.
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