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?, brass tacks, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 23 x 12.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 9 1/16 x 4 7/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0833

This thumb piano is decorated with brass tacks. The board is dark brown and the keys are raised on a piece of iron and wooden block. The area below the keys is decorated with two squares filled with parallel curved lines accented with brass tacks. There is a curve of brass tacks above the keys. There is a short length of thick wire at the bottom with a strip of metal wrapped loosely as a bead.