Tribal art > Usual african items > Cordophone Nyamwezi
Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
Traditional musical instruments in African art
Strings are absent on this thin wooden sculpture with an anthropomorphic handle, which was a cordophone, known as a bowl-shaped zither. The strings were tied at the holes at each end and stretched along the hollowed out surface of the sounding box. The orbits of the figure at the top are hollow, and round beads were frequently inserted into them.
The Nyamwezi , Nyamézi ,(" the people of the west " and sometimes " the people of the moon ") form the largest group among the tribes living in north-central Tanzania. Coming from diverse origins, although sharing the same cultural specificities, their ritual and artistic production presents consequently very different formal aspects. The cult of ancestors ...