Zande Thumb Harp (Kalimba), D.R. Congo
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Description of Significance:
The Zande Kalimba is a type of thumb piano that originated in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The thumb piano, also known as a kalimba or mbira, is an African instrument that belongs to the idiophone family. This means that its sound is produced primarily by the instrument vibrating without the use of strings or membranes.
Modern thumb pianos are typically made of wood with metal tines that are plucked with the fingers to create the sound. However, ancient thumb pianos were made out of gourds or wood with bamboo and/or metal tines. The Zande Kalimba is a particularly impressive example of this type of instrument, with a unique design and expert craftsmanship.
Thumb pianos have been used in African music for centuries and are considered an important part of many cultures. They are often used in traditional ceremonies and are also popular in contemporary music. The Zande Kalimba is a testament to the rich musical traditions of the Democratic Republic of Congo and an impressive example of the ingenuity and creativity of African instrument makers.
- Handcrafted for ceremonial use in D.R. Congo
- Depth: 1"
- Width: 5.5"
- Height: 8"
- Indigenous wood
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