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Musical bow

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Thick re-curved stave of wood, wrapped in several places with thin strips of sinew (?) and notched at one end. Originally strung with strip of leather (now missing). Short stick (or arrow?) of reed formerly associated with it.


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

Possibly Mandigo people, 19th century

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Length 155.9 cm (61 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones