Lamellophone (chisanji)

late 1800s
Location: On view at Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, Oct 19, 2024 - Jan 5, 2025
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The CMA acquired this plucky instrument in 1915, one year before it opened to the public.


The thumb piano portrays a wonderfully animated man riding a curious quadruped. His hat suggests he is probably a trader (pombeiro) engaged in long-distance commerce.
Lamellophone (chisanji)

Lamellophone (chisanji)

late 1800s

Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo or Angola, Chokwe-style maker

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