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Musical bow (ugubhu?)

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Arched branch of wood strung with brass wire (diameter 0.76 mm), secured at one end (presumably upper) in a V notch, and at the other (presumably lower) in a circular groove. Double-chambered gourd resonator tied to stave with thick twine, the twine attached to the gourd by a loop around a short...

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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)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Possibly Zulu people, 19th century

Object Place

Transvaal region


Height 18.3 cm, diameter 12.3 cm (Height 7 3/16 in., diameter 4 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, gourd


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones