X85.459a,b Harp

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Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ngbaka peoples
Wood, hide, string, metal
H: 60 cm, W: 14 cm (H: 23.6 in, W: 5.5 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Helen and Dr. Robert Kuhn. X85.459a,b


This harp represents Seto’s sister/wife, Nabo ancestors of the Ngbaka peoples and messenger to the gods. A seated musician stood such a harp on the ground in front of him and accompanied songs and ballads.

Source: DjeDje, J. C. (1999). “Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 296