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African
World Cultures ➔ Harp Lute

Identifier:
2001.28.6
Description:
Long-necked lute with half-gourd resonator. Neck is wooden with twelve wooden straps that secure sinew strings at successive lengths to produce different pitches. Neck intersects belly, which is formed with a hide tightly stretched over the gourd using three crossed sticks. Hide attaches to gourd with iron tacks. Strings are suspended over belly on a wooden bridge. Intstument's colors range from ecru to beige.;This instrument complements the Museum's already significant collection of ethnographic instruments. It may be used in the permanent exhibition, 'Collecting A-Z: M is for Musical Instruments'.;Collected by the Musee de la Civilisation, and given to the PMGR along with the Nomads Collection.
Date:
circa 1990
Materials:
Gourd, Leather Hide, Sinew, Wood, Metal, Cotton Cloth
Source:
Gift Of Quebec, Canada The Musee De La Civilisation
Exhibit/Program
Museum School - Gourds as Musical Instruments (2015)
This music lesson will give students a true understanding of how gourds can be used as natural rattles, scrapers, resonators, or wind instruments. It is a hands-on experience and a true encounter with instruments from around the world made from natural materials.
Maker/Donor
Musee de la Civilisation