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This instrument was collected by Fred Merfield, who was based in Cameroon's East Region. It is a gourd-resonated, portable xylophone set of seven wooden keys, suspended and attached to a wooden frame with twine cord, rattan and canvas cloth. The frame is constituted by two longitudinal bars that hold the keys, a U-shaped handle, and a bottom rectangular frame that keeps the gourds together. Each key has a respective, graded-size gourd resonator underneath, which have a circular opening to receive mirliton membrane. In addition to the wooden handle, there is a haired hide strap, and two thick wooden beaters are attached to the bottom frame.

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  • Decorative elements:Fringe made of raffia fibers attached to frame.
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:111.212 Sets of percussion sticks
  • Repository:Powell-Cotton Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 1020mm (with rattan fully stretched); Width (at gourds): 750mm; Height: 320mm; Beaters length: 295mm