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Thumb Piano 10 Keys Musical Instrument African Art

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Title Thumb Piano 10 Keys Musical Instrument African Art
Type of Object Musical instrument
Country of Origin unknown, possibly Democratic Republic of the Congo
People Unknown
Materials Wood, keys made of reeds, unknown thread
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 13 Inches
Width: 5.25 Inches
Overall Condition fair
Damage/Repair cracked wood. loose keys, some with poor sound. scraped surface

Additional Information:  Thumb pianos are traditional musical instrument known throughout the African continent. Varieties of thumb pianos are made found in western, central, and southern Africa. thumb piano is used to accompany an orchestra or a singer. Usually they are play by story tellers and specialist of the clan history and chief's court musicians. Seeds grains or stones are put in the box to improve the quality of the sound being produced. 

Recommended Reading: MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF AFRICA, by Huwiler