Detail View: The AMICA Library: Ennanga

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.89.4.926
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Nationality: 
African; Central African; Baganda; Ganda
Creator Role: 
Maker
Creator Name-CRT: 
Made by Ganda people
Title: 
Ennanga
Title Type: 
Object name
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
19th century
Creation Start Date: 
1800
Creation End Date: 
1899
Materials and Techniques: 
Wood, vegetal fiber, snake skin, gut, hide
Classification Term: 
Chordophone/plucked
Classification Term: 
Arched harp
Dimensions: 
L. 30 in. (76 cm); W. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
89.4.926
Credit Line: 
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Rights: 
Context: 

Unlike the triangular European harp, the arched harp known as an ennanga consists of two elements: a soundbox and the curved neck that rises from it. Strings made of gut or plant fiber rise diagonally from the sound table. Each string touches a reptile-skin ring beneath its tuning peg, causing a buzzing sound.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
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