African Xylophone 1

Item Name: 
African Xylophone 1
Inventory Number: 
2017.1019.1.0.13
Category: 
Musical Instruments
Ethnicity: 
African
Acquisition Year: 
unknown
Condition: 
Worn
Size: 
8" high x 34" wide x 18" deep
Xylophone with 10 keys for striking with rubber tipped mallets. Bound with leather cord, the gyil has sound resonating gourds hanging below the slats. The largest gourds are affixed with a tarry substance underneath, while the smaller ones hang together on a string. Three of the gourds on the string underneath have come undone from their tarry adhesion. Comes with two rubber tipped mallets. Possibly from West Africa.