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Plucked Lamellaphone (Sansa), Loango people, Zaire, ca. 1900

NMM 1242.  Plucked lamellaphone (sansa), Loango people, Zaire, ca. 1900. Homoxylic wood resonator, hollowed out from the bottom, top end resembling the prow of a boat. Decorated with small, blue glass beads in a pattern of lozenges. Six (originally seven) iron lamellae (tongues). Overall length: 285 mm; width: 126 mm; depth: 61 mm.  Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


Side view of sansa



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Sansa, Loango people, Zaire, ca. 1900


Opening at lower end

The forged iron lamellae (right) are wedged against an upper bridge consisting of a folded sheet of metal and a stirrup-shaped lower bridge made of iron.

Lamellae (tongues)

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