Vintage African Tribal Mbira Finger Harp ILS-K 202
$100.00 pair (Plus Shipping)
Vintage African carved wood and metal 8-note kalimba finger thumb piano harp musical instrument. With carved and darkened decorations on the front - The mbira has metal tongues called lamellas on top. The sound box itself is generally made of wood or gourd, and demonstrating the industrious spirit of the African people, the metal keys are sometimes make from old mattress spring wire, bicycle spokes or the handles of spoons This is an old and NOT a new or recent item - approx. 5-5/8 tall by 3-1/8" wide and is 1" thick. - NO chips, cracks but one is missing a metal lamella .
Sound is produced by plucking the strings with the thumbs, or thumbs and fingers. All of the finger harps produce a sound that is well suited for diverse melodies and rhythms - The Finger Harp is often played along with other performers who clap and sing, making this instrument a joyful and soulful expression of African sound.