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unknown Ugandan

Sansa (Thumb Piano)

Carved wood and metal

8 1/2 in. x 6 in. x 1 1/4 in. (21.59 cm x 15.24 cm x 3.18 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.16.18
Geography: Africa, Uganda, Bwamba
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Musical Instruments & Sound-making Implements
Culture/Nationality: Ugandan, East African, African
Collection: Kilbride Collection

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword
This object has the following keywords:
  • 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.
  • musical instruments - Sound-producing apparatuses whose primary function is to play music.
  • sansas - Lamellaphones originating in Africa, consisting of tuned metal or split-cane tongues fitted to a wood board or resonator, so that the tongues can vibrate freely at one end; they are played by depressing and releasing the free ends of the tongues with thumbs and forefingers.
  • 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:
  • Marc Ginzberg, African Forms: The Traditional Design and Function of Objects (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2000), 136.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Marc Ginzberg, African Forms: The Traditional Design and Function of Objects (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2000), 136.
  • Minister of Culture and Community Development, Uganda Crafts: Kampala (Kampala, Uganda: Ministry of Culture and Community Development, 1965), 17.

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