Tsogo Harp

Tsogo Harp

Also known as ngombi or ngombo, this arched-harp, made by the Tsogo people of Gabon, utilizes palm-fiber strings that are held taut by small studs under its skin belly. It is played in an upright position, with the face of the decorated extension positioned close to the performer's face. This suggests that the sound of the harp is an extension of the performer's face. This suggests that the sound of the harp is an extension of the performer's voice. Harps like this are used by women's groups during healing rituals. Among the Fang people, they are symbolic of Nyingwan Mebege, the sister of their god and the giver of life - Met Museum.


Late 19th Century.

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