1884.113.14

Zither made of reed stick and gourd resonator. Four strings held in notched stick tied with plant fibre. [MJD 3/11/2008]

Place details: AFRICA. Gabon. Ogooué River . Cultural Group: Fang Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Reed Plant / Gourd Plant / Plant Fibre / Lacquer Varnish / ?. Processes: Split / Bound / Notched / Tied / Perforated / Knotted / ?. Dimensions: L = 1561 mm Maker: Unknown Field Collector: Unknown When Collected: ?Prior to 1879 Other Owners: Godeffroy Museum Hamburg. This object was listed in the Delivery Catalogue as having been transferred from South Kensington Museum in 1884. It was delivered to South Kensington Museum in September 1879. It was probably displayed at South Kensington Museum between 1879 - 1884. PRM Source: Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers founding collection Acquired: Donated 1884 Other Numbers: 293 PR No.: 36/ 10010 PRM Image: Collections Digital Reference Photo04/11/2008

KEYWORD: Musical Instrument / Zither / CLASS: Music / ?.MUSIC CLASS: 3. MUSIC NAME: Box Harp Zither.

Accession Book V entry - 1884.113.1 - 43 Music Stringed Instruments - 4 stringed instrument of reed (61 1/2" long), the surface split away to form strings bridged with gourd resonator, in centre strings kept from tearing up by bands BaFan Mpongwe W Africa (293) Mus Godeffroy

Collectors Miscellaneous XI Accession Book entry - 4 stringed reed instrument with split away strings BaFan WA (293)

Delivery Catalogue I entry - Musical Instruments Cases 15 and 16 Musical instruments with gourd (Batans Africa) 293 36/ 10010

'Green book' entry - South Kensington Receipts, 29 September 1879 - contents of two cases received 26.9.79 1 musical instrument with gourd Africa

Balfour Catalogue: Red numbers Musical Instruments - StringsA Musical Bows - Harps: PR coll Mus Godeffroy Hamburg 293 36/ 10010 4 stringed instrument, a straight piece of reed of pithy nature, 5 ft 1 1/2 long, [Added - 'the surface'] split away to form the strings which are bridged up in the middle with a notched stick, and are tuned and prevented from tearing away at the ends by bands which can slide along the bar. In the centre is fixed a hemispherical gourd resonator resembling that of the Kaffir musical bows (v 131.A.3 [1884.113.1]) Bafans Mpangue Africa

Added Balfour Catalogue: Red numbers Musical Instruments - Ba-fan tribe Mpongwe tribe Ogowé R

Card Catalogue Entry - W. Africa, Ogowe River, Mpongwe, BaFan. Godeffroy Mus. 293. 4 stringed instrument: a straight piece of reed of pithy nature, the surface split away to form the strings which are bridged up in the middle with a notched stick, and are tuned and prevented from tearing away at the ends by bands which can slide along the bar. In the centre is fixed a hemispherical gourd resonator.

Pre-PRM label - [stuck to object] Museum Godeffroy No Bafan Mpongue Hamburg [MJD 3/11/2008]

Written on object - BA.FAN-M.PONGWE tribes, GABOON, W. AFRICA P.R. coll (E Museum Godeffroy) [MJD 3/11/2008]

Display history: Displayed in South Kensington Museum (V&A). [AP Leverhulme project on founding collection 1995-1998]

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