Harp > Chordophone.
D.R. > Africa.
Acquisition Source: The
African Market, Kitsilano Vancouver Canada. The original store
went out of business almost 20 years ago.
The asanda is a bow harp It is
played to accompany singing and ritualistic chants
associated to ancient fertility rites. The carving of a
female deity on the top of the neck is an indication of this
use. Some asanda do have two heads while the others have
single heads. Five strings are stitched from underneath the
animal and tied to the ends of each wooden tuning peg. Each
tuning peg is hand carved and also shows a similar face as
shown on the head of the asanda. On my specimen cowrie
shells are set into a substance likely to be pitch. The body
is carved in a bowl-shape and both the body and the neck are
of the same piece of wood. The hide is prepared and
stretched over the body thus forming a resonance chamber.
One sound hole is cut into the hide.