30 Lokanga

30 • A Lokanga

Madagascar, 19th century
68 cm long; wood

The lokanga is a three-stringed folkloric violin played exclusively by the Bara shepherds – an ethnic group of zebu-herders belonging to the southern central plateaus of Madagascar – to accompany singing and dancing.

This example is made from a single piece of wood and its body is completely covered with carved geometric patterns.

Exhibited in Marseille, 1907, with inventory number.