Tortoise Shell Plucked String Instrument

Tortoise Shell Plucked String Instrument

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Description (Brief)
This plucked string instrument was made by an unknown maker, provenance and date unknown. It is a plucked string instrument made of a tortoise shell, wood neck, animal skin top, and two strings. The accession paperwork identifies this instrument as a "primitive banjo."
Currently not on view
Object Name
plucked string instrument
Physical Description
tortoise shell (overall material)
wood (overall material)
animal skin (overall material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 23 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 59.69 cm x 13.97 cm
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Credit Line
Made available through the Cooper Union Museum
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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