X86.1895 Lamellophone

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Lamellophone
“thumb piano”
Southeast Nigeria
Wood, bamboo, fiber
H: 32.7 cm, W: 9.8 cm, D: 5.4 cm (H: 12.8 in, W: 3.8 in, D: 2.1 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Helen and Dr. Robert Kuhn. X86.1895

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This instrument has an old label that reads “Ashanti. Webster. July. 1899.” Nevertheless, an Asante attribution must be set aside in favor of a provenance in the Niger Delta and Cross River areas of southeast Nigeria, where a number of similar, pyro-engraved instruments of the same sort have been collected. There is sufficient similarity among this group to suggest a single workshop. None shows any evidence of use, and it is likely that they were made primarily for a European audience.

Source: DjeDje, J. C. (1999). “Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 247

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