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Sanza or thumb piano, early 20th century
 
   
Sanza or thumb piano, early 20th century
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Brief Description: Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin reused as the sound box of an African thumb piano
Subject Date: Early twentieth century
 
Full Description: Unknown musicians made these instrument in Africa, recycling Huntley and Palmer's biscuit tins. This type of instrument is known by different names in various parts of Africa; mbira, kalimba, and sansi. Europeans call them thumb pianos or lamellaphones. Huntley & Palmers' biscuit tins were reused in many different ways across the world and were sometimes as highly prized as their contents.
 
Collection: Reading Museum Service
Place: Africa
Dimensions: Height: 12.0cm, Width: 24.0cm, Depth: 11.0cm
Subject: social history, trade <food mfr>, recreation <music>, sanza, thumb piano, tin, tin, packaging
Content Type: musical instrument
Location: Reading Museum Service
Local Ref: REDMG : 1997.162.17
Unique ID: rm-rm-1997_162_17~1_615-i-00-000.tif
IPR: Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service)
 
 
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