- Museum number
One-stringed fiddle with a globular gourd body pierced longitudinally by wooden rod which forms the neck of the instrument. Gourd is covered with a reptile skin membrane secured by tapering cane pins. String is made of elephant ? hair, bound at upper end with twisted leather cord. Small wood bridge placed under string at top of gourd. Two metal bands around top of wooden neck. Twisted cotton cord used as carrying strap. Leaf-shaped gourd plectrum attached to neck with twisted cotton string. Substantial damage to gourd resonator at one side. Bow (b) made of slightly arched split cane with animal hair bound together at ends with twisted cotton cord.
- Production date
Height: 50 centimetres (a)
Height: 45 centimetres (b)
Width: 15 centimetres (a)
Width: 4 centimetres (b)
Depth: 12.50 centimetres (a)
Depth: 1.50 centimetres (b)
- Curator's comments
- Information derived from a) original Wellcome collection labels and b) worksheets, compiled by Ethnography Dept. staff, which are stored with Africa collections. Wellcome label records fiddle purchased at British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, London in 1924.
- Not on display
- Fair; gourd is extensively damaged at one side.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased (for Wellcome Collection ?) at British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, in 1924.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 29057 (Wellcome Collection Number)
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 6827 (Wellcome Collection Number)