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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Musical Instruments
World Cultures ➔ Harp Lute

This six-stringed harp lute, also known as a dital harp, is made from half of a gourd covered with dried animal hide. To play, musicians would use both hands to pluck the strings. This type of instrument was often played during storytelling, poetry readings, and singing. Created over 5,000 years ago, it continues to be an important part of both East and West Africa's culture and community. 
Gourd, Hide, Wood, String
20.5" h 9" w 4.5" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Purchased With Funds From The Michigan Humanities Council

Discovery Kit: Music (October 14 2019)

Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.

Virtual Discovery Kit: Music (April 2020)
Music is one of the first elements of culture that comes to mind. Music is found in all civilizations and has been for thousands of years. Use this collection to investigate a variety of musical instruments from around the world.
Bayard Gallery of Fine African-American Art