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This trough zither is played by the Haya-speaking people of North West Tanzania, west of Lake Victoria.

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Nanga, trough zither. The string-bearer consists of a narrow trough, carved from a solid piece of dark-coloured wood and widening at both ends. One end bears a short handle terminating in a round knob. Both ends of the trough are pierced with six holes, and a single length of twisted leather is passed between them to form six strings, and is tied around the handle.


nanga; trough zither
Musical Instruments

315.1-5 trough zithers without resonator
Broad category
Musical Instruments, Chordophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  nanga; trough zither
object name:  trough zither
object name (local):  nanga
catalogue title:  315.1-5 trough zithers without resonator
display title:  315.1 trough zithers without resonator (-5)

Tanzania; Africa
Additional place information
Date made
before 1960
Additional date information
before 1960 

Materials & techniques
wood; FI; paint
Additional material & technique information
material: wood (overall)
material: paint (overall)
overall: 24.2913 x 3.1496 x 1.5748 in.; 617 x 80 x 40 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 24.2913 x 3.1496 x 1.5748 in.; 617 x 80 x 40 mm

Related subjects
object name (local): inangas
object name: trough zithers
classified as: 315.1 Trough zithers without resonator

Record created 1999-12-26 by EMOWEN
Record last updated 2017-10-23 by XGVIEWS

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