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Pluriarc, Benin (southwestern Nigeria), Early 20th Century

Pluriarc (multi-neck harp), Benin (southwestern Nigeria), early 20th century

NMM 10989.  Pluriarc (multi-neck harp), Benin (southwestern Nigeria), early 20th century. Eight strings. Probably played by the Edo speaking people of the area, where the tradition dates back to the days of ancient Benin. Played to accompany music and poetry. Paul and Jean Christian Collection, 2006.

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Front, Back, and Side Views

Front view of pluriarc Left side of pluriarc Right side of pluriarc Back of pluriarc


Details of Body Construction

Another view of the top of body Top of body View inside body

Literature:  "Recent Acquisitions," National Music Museum Newsletter 35, No. 2 (May 2008), p. 6.

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