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Lamellaphone (mbira)

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One-piece box-shaped body of fig tree wood (?), hollowed-out from one end about half way in. Twenty-four lamellae of iron held in place by straining bar of iron and iron wire. Wood backrest and iron bridge. Lower portion of soundtable surface covered by sheet of metal attached with iron wire, on...

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Provenance

1986, sold by Douglas Deihl, Florence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 26, 1986)

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund

Probably Shona people, mid-20th century

Object Place

Zimbabwe

Dimensions

Length 23.7 cm, width 21 cm, depth 5 cm (Length 9 5/16 in., width 8 1/4 in., depth 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1986.604

Medium or Technique

Wood, iron, bottle caps

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Idiophones