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Xylophone (mbila) and one mallet

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U-shaped frame of wood with shallow notches along upper edges of sides. Centrally-placed longitudinal strut joined to frame at each end with two round tenons. Ten keys of wood, each pair divided by additional strips of wood set on edge, all tied together and to frame with leather strips....

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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

Chopi people, 19th century

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Length 55.5 cm, width 36.5 cm (Length 21 7/8 in., width 14 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, gourds


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones