X86.1119 Chordaphone

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(kalambete or kakosh)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Holo peoples
Wood, metal, racks
H: 49.5 cm (H: 19.4 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Helen and Dr. Robert Kuhn. X86.1119


This was originally a two-stringed instrument, with the strings emerging from the mouth and positioned over a soundboard to a bridge, now missing. It could be played at many sorts of events.

Source: DjeDje, J. C. (1999). “Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 298