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Musical instruments and other utilitarian and prestige objects were made and exchanged among the Azande and Mangbetu kingdoms of the northeastern Congo region. At court entertainments, itinerant minstrels and retainers played gracefully curved bow harps to accompany their stories, poems, and...

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May 19, 1983, sold by Christine Schoffel (dealer), Paris, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, year-end gift of Mr. and Mrs. Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zande peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo


81.28 cm (32 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, leather, fiber


Africa and Oceania


Musical instruments, Chordophones