Ficáw (rattle)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

Gourd rattles having a loose mesh of beads, shells, or nuts produce sound by tossing, beating, whirling, and shaking the gourd. They add sound texture to layers of complex rhythms typical of sub-Saharan African music. Generically, they are called sekere, the Yoruba vernacular name of the instrument.

Ficáw (rattle), Gourd, nut, fiber, Cameroonian

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