Ennanga, Ganda people, Uganda.
The Ennanga, a traditional arched harp played by the Ganda people. This stringed musical instrument consists of two elements: a soundbox with a resonance hole and the curved wooden neck that rises from it. Strings made of gut or plant fiber rise diagonally from the sound table. Each string touches a reptile-skin ring beneath its tuning peg, causing a buzzing sound. The ennanga may be played alone (often with vocal accompaniment) or in an ensemble.
Condition: This old example has a wonderful shiny patina from years of use. Misses some tuning pegs and reptile-skin rings.
Height measured along the arc: 79 cm / 31.1 inches.
Height from point to point: 68 cm / 26.8 inches. Width: 19,5 cm / 7.7 inches.