This instrument was collected in the field by Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton during his trip to Cameroon in 1928-1929. It was bought from Abem Illube, Olangina (the man who called Duiker). This instrument is a one-string, spike-bowl fiddle made with a flat gourd resonator, covered with animal skin nailed to the gourd edges. The skin has a soundhole cut at the "bass" side near the edge of the resonator. The neck is made of vine, and the string is made of dark horsehair attached through leather strips at the neck and tailpiece/spike. There is a leather strap, and the back of the resonator gourd has a patch made with skin and sewn rattan. The instrument has a small bow made from arched vine and with dark horsehair. The bridge is missing.
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- Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.311-7 Spike bowl lutes sounded by bowing
- Repository:Powell-Cotton Museum
- Measurements:Height: 670mm; Width: 290mm; Depth: 150mm; Bow length: 215mm; Bow width: 100mm