Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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sansa (thumb piano)
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • sansa (thumb piano), late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron?, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 15.5 x 8 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 6 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0834
Label Text

This small thumb piano has a flat back board and the keys are raised with an iron support and wooden block. The area above the keys is decorated with a band of short vertical stripes. The area under the keys is decorated with a rectangular panel filled with bands of scallops. There is a short loop of twisted plant fiber string at the top.