2-5 Sahel Art of the Sahara
19th c. Mandinka bala (xylophone) from Guinea or Mali in which the musician strikes wood slats with a rubber mallet, evoking different sounds from the hollow gourds that lie underneath.
Installation view “Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York
January 30 – May 10, 2020