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Musical bow (tshidzholo?)

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Body of bamboo with four nodes, shaped to point at distal end and open along one side except for 95 mm at proximal end. Strung with brass wire (diameter 0.48 mm), tied to notch at distal end and wrapped around lateral tuning peg of wood at proximal end. Remnants of older (?) brass wire (of two...

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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Possibly Venda people, 19th century

Object Place

Transvaal region

Dimensions

Length 67.5 cm (26 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1703

Medium or Technique

Bamboo

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones