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Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
gourd with wood and metal
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 7 × 26 1/2 × 2 1/2 in. (17.8 × 67.3 × 6.4 cm)
Type:
banjos
Cultural Place:
West Africa, Africa
Place made:
United States, North and Central America
Place collected:
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1859
Caption:
This gourd banjo illustrates an earlier style of banjo played by African Americans who used local sources to create their instruments. When in use it would have had a piece of skin stretched across its opening and four strings running from the tuning pegs to the metal tailpiece still attached.
Description:
Banjo constructed with a gourd head. There are four (4) tuning pegs, some chipped, in the headstock. One (1) wire is strung along the banjo. Two (2) other strings are connected to the tailpiece but are loose over the gourd. There are frets on the neck. The round gourd has linear decoration around the edge. There is a tin tailpiece at the bottom anchoring the strings. There are scratches on the back of the gourd.
Topic:
African American  Search this
African diaspora  Search this
American South  Search this
Bluegrass (Music)  Search this
Folk (Music)  Search this
Folklife  Search this
Music  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2017.108.19
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5d2c7a756-0664-4071-92d4-9aab9cb04fdb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2017.108.19