This is a typical gourd-resonated, frame xylophone set used in Western Africa (balafon type). It has fifteen wooden keys (one missing) attached and suspended with twisted hide lacing on a trapezoid-shaped wooden frame with arched struts at each end. Each key has a respective, graded-size gourd resonator underneath (some missing), which has a circular opening to receive a mirliton membrane.
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- Hornbostel-Sachs category:111.212 Sets of percussion sticks
- Repository:Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
- Measurements:Height: 260mm; Width: 905mm; Depth: 412mm