The Harpist from Bichagara (Ennedi, Chad)Your model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
A harpist sits playing in the village depicted on the left sector of the Bichagara shelter. He plays with the assistance of a drummer who tapped the harp soundbox as if it were a small drum. The small size of the drummer indicates he is likely a boy. Perhaps he is the harpist’s son. The wooden soundbox of most of the African arched harps is generally closed by a well-stretched skin, which lends itself well to be also used as a percussive instrument. The depicted arched harp has seven tuning pegs, and the soundbox has a lower straight edge. The technique of playing a single harp in duet is attested among the Bouduma people living on the southern shores of Lake Chad.
Reference: Alessandro Menardi Noguera 2021 - The Harpist from Bichagara (Ennedi, Chad). Réaumont, 19 September 2021, AARS annual meeting.