Bolon Bata

This is a rather damaged example of a bolon bata. The bolon or bolon bata is a bow instrument that normally has three strings three strings of different pitch and a large calabash for its sound box. They often have a metal extension at the top, which has small metal rings threaded through that vibrate when the strings are plucked. The strings are plucked with the thumbs.

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Further Information

  • Type: Musical instruments
  • Object: Bolon Bata
  • Materials: Vegetable, organic fibre, Wood
  • Culture Group: Other
  • Dimensions: 1070mm [H]
  • Production Date: Pre 2010
  • Associated Places: Unknown
  • Associated People: Unknown
  • Museum: Sierra Leone National Museum
  • Accession Number: SLNM.2010.035.01

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