Africa, Angola/Zaire, probably Chokwe / Thumb Piano (sansa, mbira) / before 1915Africa, Angola/Zaire, probably Chokwe
Thumb Piano (sansa, mbira)
before 1915

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Congolese
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Angola/Zaire, probably Chokwe
Title: Thumb Piano (sansa, mbira)
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1910
Creation End Date: 1915
Creation Date: before 1915
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Musical Instrument
Materials and Techniques: wood and iron
Dimensions: Overall: 19.1cm x 10.2cm x 6.4cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1915.495
Credit Line: The Harold T. Clark Educational Extension Fund
Style or Period: Africa, Angola/Zaire, probably Chokwe
Context: The thumb piano portrays a wonderfully animated man riding a curious quadruped. His hat suggests he is probably a trader.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1915.495
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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