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musical instrument
  • Africa
  • musical instrument, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Africa
  • bamboo?, iron?, cloth, horse hair?, brass? bells, string, wire
  • Object Length/Width: 73 x 18.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 28 3/4 x 7 1/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0314

This is a metal, possibly iron, hook with a bamboo-like grass handle. The curved portion and a portion of the straight portion of the hook has metal, possibly brass, bells attached to it. There is a small hook at the end of the larger hook. Coarse hair, possibly horse hair, is bundled in now-red cloth at one end and stretched from the small hook to the far end of the wooden handle where it is divided into three smaller bundles and wrapped in extremely dirty cloth that is wrapped around the wooden handle.