Harp with Human Head (Kundi)
Arts of Africa
Wood, leather, fiber
early 20th century
15 x 21 1/2 x 7 in. (38.1 x 54.6 x 17.8 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
Wooden resonator covered with hide. Resonator has double scalloped sides. A small red stamp is found on anterior surface. Neck is curved and topped by a human head with stylized headdress. Ears on head are pierced eyes look like they probably held beads. 3 strings remain attached to resonator.
Condition: 2 strings are broken right proper ear is chipped. Fiber stitching on hide is coming apart.
This item is not on view
Mangbetu. Harp with Human Head (Kundi), early 20th century. Wood, leather, fiber, 15 x 21 1/2 x 7 in. (38.1 x 54.6 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1303. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.1303_bottom_PS5.jpg)
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