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February 17, 2009

African Harps

Figure A: ZOROMO ZITHER , Tanzania


Figure B: MANGBETU HARP ,Democratic Republic of Congo

Harps and other stringed instruments are among the important art forms in Africa, used both as a musical instrument and as a work of sculpture significant in many religious and secular ceremonial functions, including dance, rituals and story-telling. Many examples incorporate the human form as the body of the instrument.

4 comments:

Dulce said...

thank you for the shout out on my blog lady. i like both of your blogs as well. (i may have to step my travel game up). i especially like your pieces on indigenious african cultures. keep it up. :-)

Fly Girl said...

These are beautiful, I have a few small mbiras but nothing like these pieces!

xflashinLITESx said...

this harp is amazing wow i'm wondering how much it would cost if it was made here...sooo beautiful

Ebony Intuition said...

@ Dulce

Thanks.

I would love to own one of these harps, such beautiful detailing.

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