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Thumb Piano
Thumb Piano

Photo credit: David Livingstone Birthplace Museum

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Likely to have been crafted in West Africa, this form of musical instrument is known as an mbira. Decorated with etched geometric and floral patterns, the sealed, rectangular box design of this instrument helps the sound generated when the keys are plucked, to reverberate.

David Livingstone Birthplace Museum

Blantyre

Title

Thumb Piano

Medium

wood

Measurements

H 32.5 x W 9.3 x D 4 cm

Accession number

BLTDL21513

Work type

Sculpture

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David Livingstone Birthplace Museum

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