Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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sansa (thumb piano)
  • unknown Shona maker
  • sansa (thumb piano), late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • wood, metal, glass beads
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 23 x 10.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 9 1/16 x 4 1/8 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0832

This is a wooden thumb piano hollowed from the right side. There are seven metal keys, four of which have a blue bead.