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Fiddle and Bow

Artist/Maker: Hausa people (Nigeria)

Date: collected between 1960-1973
Medium: gourd, wood, snakeskin, hair, cotton, iron, resin and cowrie shell
Overall (Fiddle): 17 5/8 × 7 × 3 7/8 in. (44.8 × 17.8 × 9.8 cm)
Overall (Bow): 14 5/8 × 7/8 × 1 1/8 in. (37.1 × 2.2 × 2.9 cm)
Classification: Musical Instruments
Credit Line: Gift of Professor and Mrs. Robert R. Ferens
Object number: 91.0129A-B
DescriptionThere is a close association between bards (griots) and leatherworkers in West Africa, especially in the Mande speaking area where they may be the same person, traveling from one location to the next, working for clients without regard to ethnic affiliation. Bards are also linked by tradition with blacksmiths who forge iron objects such as this bow.
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