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Musical bow (lesiba)

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Irregularly arched branch of wood, formerly strung with "twisted gut" (now missing), tied to notch at one end and to lateral tuning peg (also now missing) at opposite end. Bound with two wraps of iron wire at tuning peg end. In ink on bow stave: Lesiba / Basutoland


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

Probably Sotho people, 19th century

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Length 95.7 cm, width 1.8 cm (Length 37 11/16 in., width 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones