322.12 Angular harps

Angular harp played by Efe musicians. The resonator consists of a length of wood, left whole at one end and thereafter hollowed and with a slice cut off the top. A soundboard consisting of a sheet of bark is attached by means of wooden pegs. The neck [end?] is a straight branch with a knee at its lower end; this is inserted into the wall at the end of the instrument. 5 split cane strings are wound onto plain pegs, split at one end to secure the string. At the other end, the strings pass through the soundboard and the tongue that passes underneath it and are secured to wooden toggles. A chevron-pattern is painted onto the soundboard, and a pattern of lines has been burnt into the resonator.

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