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Musical bow (setolotolo)

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Three-piece construction comprised of cylindrical center section of wood (length 520 mm) with hole in each end for insertion of smaller, slightly arched pieces of wood (lengths 200 and 228 mm). Strung with copper wire, bound to middle of center section and tied to end sections with gut (?). One...

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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 86 cm (33 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, plant fiber


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones