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unknown Ugandan
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Acholi Bow Harp

1965-1999
Carved and woven cane, string, and hide

14 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 11 3/4 in. (35.56 cm x 13.34 cm x 29.85 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.16.15
Geography: Africa, Uganda, Acholi, Buganda, West Nile
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Musical Instruments & Sound-making Implements
Culture/Nationality: Acholi, Ugandan, East African, African
Collection: Kilbride Collection
This instrument, known as an ennanga or nanga, is a bow harp used primarily for storytelling by the Ganda people of Uganda. It typically has eight strings and is tuned to the pentatonic scale.

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  • Acholi - The style and culture of a farming and pastoral people of northern Uganda and southern Sudan who speak a Nilotic language of the same name.
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • East African - Styles and cultures of the eastern area of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, that together with the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia) make up Eastern Africa.
  • harp guitars - Large eight-string guitar with a triangular body, invented in London in 1798 by Edward Light.
  • harps - Chordophones consisting of a resonator and a neck, between which a series of parallel strings are stretched vertically or diagonally in a plane perpendicular to the resonator.
  • musical instruments - Sound-producing apparatuses whose primary function is to play music.
  • Ugandan - The style and culture of the central African State, Uganda.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Backtalk: Exposures, Erasures, and Elisions of the Bryn Mawr College African Art Collection Bryn Mawr College , Feb 5, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015
  • The Philip L. Kilbride Memorial Exhibition Bryn Mawr College , Apr 5, 2013 – Jul 25, 2014

  • Owner Name: Gift of Philip Kilbride, Professor of Anthropology
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Acquisition Method: Purchased/Collected
    Ownership Start Date: Last quarter 20th century
    Ownership End Date: 1999


Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Minister of Culture and Community Development, Uganda Crafts: Kampala (Kampala, Uganda: Ministry of Culture and Community Development, 1965), 7, 33. Figure Number: M2a-M2f

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Klaus Wachsmann and Margaret Trowell. Tribal Crafts of Uganda (London, England: Oxford University Press, 1953), 413. Figure Number: 94A
  • Minister of Culture and Community Development, Uganda Crafts: Kampala (Kampala, Uganda: Ministry of Culture and Community Development, 1965), 7, 33. Figure Number: M2a-M2f

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