balafon (Musical Instrument)

Physical description

A large object (part a) with a long wood band across two-thirds of the way down a wood arched frame. Above the long wood band, there are fourteen flat rectangular wood pieces lying perpendicular to the long wood band but parallel in association with each other and tied together with skin and string. Below the long wood band, there are ten gourds decreasing in size all in a row. (Gourds and plaques tied and resinated together.) There are two sticks (parts b-c). The largest gourd (part d) is loose.