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Bowl lyre (ndongo)

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Shallow hemispherical body of wood with sound table of snakeskin with one small circular soundhole at proper right side. Center of back covered by small square (130 x 130 mm) of animal skin, pierced around perimeter by strands of twisted plant fiber radiating to edge of body in alternating bands...

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Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Ganda people, 19th century

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Length 66 cm, width 53.5 cm (Length 26 in., width 21 1/16 in.)

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Wood, monitor lizard skin, goat hair, cowrie shells


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones