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shantu (women's musical instrument)
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • shantu (women's musical instrument), 1981
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • tin, punching
  • Object Length/Width: 62 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: 24 3/8 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0246

The main body is made from three separate sheets of metal, the two larger of which are decorated with a punching technique to create small round dents. These pieces were then rolled and soldered together. The third, smaller sheet is soldered onto the end and angles downward to the opening. Soldered on to the body is a small canister containing material that creates a rattle. The punched technique creates decorations that circle the instrument in the form of bands, angular waves, diamonds and Beverly Mack's name. The name is backward and upside down, and appears twice. The instrument is shaped similarly to a telescope.