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'Valiha', bamboo harp
H0203343
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Why this is a
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Chosen and explained by Taku IIDA "Diffusion of the Tradition of Bamboo Ware". This valiha was made by Mr. Rakotomalala, a specialist in machine design. When he stayed in Kyoto from 1995 to 1996, he made it using materials available in Japan, and donated it to Minpaku through Professor Emeritus Osamu SAKIYAMA. I am reminded once again of the diffusion of the tradition of bamboo ware.

History of the Object
It is said that the culture of Madagascar Island, located to the east of the African continent, though influenced by Africa, also has strong connections with Southeast Asia across the Indian Ocean. One piece of evidence for this is the variha, a musical instrument. It consists of a bamboo cylindrical resonator, with bamboo skin or metal strings.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
bamboo, string 
Measurements
Width 7.6 cm. Height 6.7 cm. Length 103 cm.  
Creator name
Mr. Rakotomalala 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1995 
Function
musical instrument 
Acquisition
Collected in 1995 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan (Minpaku) 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology 
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