Valiha - Madagascar

Purchased in Madagascar, 1963

From Graciela's Notes

The instrument is also known as a bamboo harp. It is a type of zither made from a section of bamboo. It is native to the island of Madagascar but is also played in areas of Southeast Asia. Bamboo strings cut from the length of the tube are left attached at both ends, and are raised from the body by tiny wood or gourd bridges. To play it, you hold the tube upright or under your arm and then pluck the strings with your fingertips. This rather decorated and carved Valiha is from the island of Madagascar and was purchased in June of 1963.

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