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Musical Instrument (thumb piano)

Thumb pianos have been traditionally used throughout Africa and can now be found the world over. There is a great deal of variety amongst traditionally used lamellophones and the adjustable metal keys come in a variety of configurations. Modern-day kalimbas, which can be found globally, were...

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Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Central Africa, 20th century


Overall: 49 x 31 x 16 cm (19 5/16 x 12 3/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

wood, gourd, metal, fiber


Africa and Oceania


Musical instruments