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Lute

Object Number:2012-31-20
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Shangana-Tsonga
Provenience: South Africa
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Hide
Fiber
Height: 16 cm
Length: 78 cm
Outside Diameter:29.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Margaret E. Johnston in memory of Dr. Thomas F. Johnston, 2012

Description

Lute consists of a hemisphere body, a one central wood neck inserted through gourd body. Four turning rings on neck; leather loop at base holds the playing string which are attached, two on each turning ring. A total of eight (green) strings. Body is covered by hide, the two hand posts are decorated with five cowrie shells and resemble a human face. Additional (5) cowrie shells decorate top of lute. Sound hole is cut into proper left side on hide.

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