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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

African
World Cultures ➔ Kalimba Gourd, Thumb Piano

Identifier:
E2007.7.4
Description:
Half of a hollow gourd with a piece of wood inset into the opening creatws the resonator. Attached to the top of the wood piece is a series of staggered metal strips of very thin metal. There are star decorations and curved lines burned into the surface of the wood.;The African thumb piano is also called samza and mbira. It is popular throughout Africa, but especially in the eastern and southern regions. African slaves brought thumb pianos with them to the Americas, where they are also widely used. The thumb ppiano has been important to African music, religion and culture for over 1500 years. It is played as part of Shona religious ceremonies and its delicate sound is said to create a link between the human and spirit worlds, allowing communication with ancestor spirits. The mbira is the national instrument of Zimbabwe.;Purchased for the Education Collection for use as a hands-on item in the Newcomers Musical Instrument Culture Kit;Purchased for the Education Collection for use as a hands-on item in the Newcomers Musical Instrument Culture Kit Purchased for the Education Collection for use as a hands-on item in the Newcomers Musical Instrument Culture Kit
Date:
2006
Materials:
Gourd, Wood, Metal
Dimensions:
7.5" h 7" w 4" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Source:
Purchased With Funds From The Michigan Humanities Council
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
Science Tuesday: Science of Sound (January 2017)
Science Tuesdays is an ongoing educational experience, offering science programming based on changing themes each month. Science Tuesdays take place throughout the day on Tuesdays at the Museum and include a variety of activities and interactive displays.
Maker/Donor
Bayard Gallery of Fine African-American Art
Related Place
Africa
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