This is a beautiful handmade Fair Trade Ghanaian 14 string Ngoni lute. The instrument’s body is composed of a long hardwood neck that passes through a calabash gourd resonator, itself covered by a leather soundboard. It has 14 strings anchored to the neck with wooden pegs. The neck and gourd are covered in goats skin and the resonator is beautifully decorated in cowrie shells as shown in picture.
The strings are plucked with the thumb and forefinger of each hand.
Height @ 106cm
Gourd resonator = height 20cm x width 28cm (at largest circumference) x 20cm circumference where bridge sits
Bridge to floor height = 36cm
Bridge height 15cm