8 metal bars of varrying lengths attached to a 3-sided wood container with 2 carved heads at top; plant materials in space at top of bars

Lamellophone, mid 20th century

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This instrument is properly called a lamellophone, but most people call it something much more evocative: a thumb piano, as its metal keys (the lamelles) are played with the thumbs. Very popular and widespread in traditional Africa, it has been reinvented in urban settings as a large, electronically amplified instrument.

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Title
Lamellophone
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2001.198.22
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8 metal bars of varrying lengths attached to a 3-sided wood container with 2 carved heads at top; plant materials in space at top of bars