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Thumb Piano Mbira Iron Keys Dark Wood South African Art

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Product #: 87512
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Title Thumb Piano Mbira Iron Keys Dark Wood South African Instrument
Type of Object Musical instrument
Country of Origin South Africa
People Unspecified
Materials Wood, metal (iron) , gourd
Approximate Age Contemporary
Dimensions 7.5-11 inches long, 3.75-5 inches wide
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair scratches and wear. number of keys, shapes and sizes will vary. Keys may be loose.


Picture is an example; yours will be similar. 


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.