Vintage Congolese Harp

This vintage Mangbetu harp features a gourd body, overstretched with animal hide, and a curved wooden neck and pegs with carved figural face decorating the head. The instrument rests on a custom metal stand. Mangbetu aristocrats in Congo surrounded themselves with finely crafted objects, many of which feature figurative elements; carvings and added decoration. Musical instruments especially illuminate attention to the human form and facial expressions as they often feature a carved face at the head of the instrument, as seen in the example here.

Category: Congo, Prestige, Vintage

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