Current Location:
Section U (OS) -> Shelf U2 (OS)
Location Notes:
IDC; Open Shelving; Section U; Shelf U2

Zaire Harp

Artwork
Identifier:
2008.368.1
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Gourd, Wood, Leather, Hair, and Shell
Date:
circa 2008
Description:
Ethnic wooden instrument (harp). Ovular structure at bottom with long neck branching from top.
Historical Context:
The Republic of Zaire was the name of the present Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1971 - 1997. The name of Zaire derives from the Portuguese: Zaire, itself an adaptation of the Kongo word nzere or nzadi ("the river that swallows all rivers”). Since the colonial era, Kinshasa, Congo's capital, has been one of the great centers of musical innovation. Each territory maintains their own folk music traditions, and there was little in the way of a pan-Congolese musical identity until the 1940s.

Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Term:
gourd