Image: Thumb Piano E24219

Thumb Piano E24219

This thumb piano was used by the Awemba people of north Zambia and collected in the early 20th century. It is made from a hollowed out rectangular piece of wood. Its top surface and open end is decorated with geometric and linear incised patterns. It has a prong threaded through the open end with four metal rings and three beads. A row of eight metals keys (originally nine) is situated at the top, affixed with a metal bar and wire.

Stan Florek
© Australian Museum

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