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Lamellaphone (likembe)

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One-piece box-shaped body of hollowed-out wood with cut-out section on back of top end and separate strip of wood on left side closing resonating chamber. Four randomly placed domed brass tacks on soundtable. Squarish soundhole (10 x 10 mm) at center of back and semicircular soundhole (15 x 8...

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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Unknown people, 19th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dimensions

Length 16.1 cm, width 8.6 cm, depth 3.2 cm (Length 6 5/16 in., width 3 3/8 in., depth 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

17.2187

Medium or Technique

Wood, iron

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Idiophones