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Thumb Piano Mbira Iron Keys Wood South African Art

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Title Thumb Piano Mbira Iron Keys Wood South African Art
Type of Object Musical instrument
Country of Origin South Africa
People Unspecified
Materials Wood, metal (iron) , gourd
Approximate Age Contemporary
Dimensions Height: 10 Inches
Width: 4 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Scratches, dirt, and general wear; see pictures for details.


Additional Information:  A thumb piano with five keys.  Made for decoration.  It sounds great!


A Mbira of calabash is hand made by young men using steel like keys, mounted on a wooden base. It is played using both thumbs. The tune is determined by the length of the keys and the marker. This is a personal instrument played by the owner quietly, not as we would think in a band .


Mbira is an ancient instrument dating  back to the mythical period and are transmitted from one generation to another.  These sounds produced  invoke the history, culture and sacred aspects of  life.  Many cultures in Africa believe that Mbira sounds communicate with the spirits and help in the healing process.