ranga; arched harp

'Nanga', arched harp. The body consists of the shell of a tortoise covered with a hide membrane which is attached by interwoven thongs. The neck is a curved piece of wood which enters the resonator by the head hole and buts against the tail. Five plain, tapered pegs. Cord strings are attached at their lower ends to a stringholder below the membrane. There is a thong loop for carrying.

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