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Bow harp (ennanga), musical instrument made of wood, hide, string (sinew), skin (reptile).
Height: 77.50 centimetres
Width: 22.50 centimetres
Depth: 23.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dr Cooke (03/10/09) suggests that:
This bow-harp is called ennanga by baGanda and baSoga who make and play it. It is probably a Soga harp - the difference being that the baSoga liked to colour the lacing on their lyres and harps in the two colours red and black. The baGanda have tended not to do this.
An instrument of high status - played by very few - and used for self-accompaniment of traditional songs most of them historical songs
The label says 'neck and sounding board are of pale wood'.
The wood of the neck is almost certainly called locally nzo (aka toddalia nobilis). The sounding board (or sound table) is actually of cow or calf skin. It is the bowl over which the skin is stretched that is of wood - probably that called lusambya (aka dolchandrone platiculix or markhamia platicalix). This wood is very resonant (used for making xylophones in the same area.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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