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Lamellaphone (malimba)

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Composite box-shaped body of wood with incised designs on all surfaces. Small triangular soundhole just below bridge and small circular soundhole (?) on back near upper end. Eight lamellae of cane tied in place between wood backrest and bridge with twined plant fiber. Printed paper label glued...

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Printed paper label glued to back: (West Coast of Africa)


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

Unknown people, 19th century

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Length 31.6 cm, width 10.5 cm, depth 4 cm (Length 12 7/16 in., width 4 1/8 in., depth 1 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, cane


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones