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Scraped mouth bow (xizambi)

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Thin, slightly arched stave of wood with shallow notches along center section for 285 mm. Formerly strung with strip of leaf (now missing). Two small spherical fruit shells (gourds), each incised with four crosses and containing small rocks, are pierced by cylindrical stick of wood pointed at...

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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

Possibly Tsonga people, 19th century

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Length 57.8 cm, width 4 cm (Length 22 3/4 in., width 1 9/16 in.)

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Wood, gourd


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones