Arts of Africa
Tortoise shell, wood, hide
late 19th or early 20th century
Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
Two stringed lute. Tortoise shell resonater. Straight wooden neck. Carved at end of neck is a round tabular decoration. One of two pegs is still found in place. A fiber plucking cord is still attached to peg. The anterior surface of the resonator is a hide covering on which several round sounding holes are found.
Condition: Worn. Tortoise shell is cracked. Hide is also cracked in sections and is beginning to come apart. Wood is scratched.
This item is not on view
Lute, late 19th or early 20th century. Tortoise shell, wood, hide, 24 x 6 in. (61.0 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1693. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.1693_top_PS5.jpg)
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