University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 37-22-287
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Sherbro
Provenience: Sierra Leone
Sherbro Island
Movaudi
Culture Area: West Africa
Section:African
Materials:Gourd
Fiber
Seeds
Credit Line:Expedition to Sierra Leone, West Africa; Henry Usher Hall, 1937
Other Number17 - Other Number

Description

A gourd, emptied and dried, around which are looped strings of seeds of a plant, tengben. The strings are alternately held loose and jerked tight to produce the sharp rhythmic crash of the seeds against the gourd which marks, together with a pair of small drums, the tempo of the Bondo Society dances.


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