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Ennanga

Culture:
Ganda
Date:
19th century
Geography:
Uganda
Culture:
Ganda people
Medium:
Wood, vegetal fiber, snake skin, hide
Dimensions:
Height: 29 15/16 in. (76 cm) Width: 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Harp
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.926
Not on view
Unlike the triangular European harp, the arched harp known as an ennanga consists of two elements: a soundbox and the curved neck that rises from it. Strings made of gut or plant fiber rise diagonally from the sound table. Each string touches a reptile-skin ring beneath its tuning peg, causing a buzzing sound.
[ W. D. Webster ] ; Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Historical Groups, Gallery 39. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1905, pg. 42.



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