Metadata for RCSPC-Y30446F-028 (RCS Y30446F/28)

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Identifier: RCSPC-Y30446F-028
Creator: Alldridge, Thomas Joshua, 1847-1916
Title: The Behlanjeh, the national musical instrument of the Mandingos
Description: 158 x 112 mm. Showing two Mandingo or Mandinka men, a Mohammedan group in West Africa, posing for their portraits with their wooden xylophones: 'This instrument is known as the balenjeh, or African piano. It is about three feet long, and consists of some fifteen short pieces of wood, mounted over small hollow gourds, the whole set in a frame and played like a dulcimer, with two small sticks with rubber knobs to them...The effect was very fine, as the tones produced are soft and melodious. Generally the musicians wear over the backs of their hands a small piece of skin or leather to which are fastened hollow iron cylinders; to these again are attached little rings, and as the hands work the strikers, these jingling irons make a pleasant tinkling sound which harmonises well with the music.' (Alldridge, T.J. (1901), 'The Sherbo and its hinterland', London: Macmillan and Company, p.289).
Date created from: 1890
Date created to: 1899
Coverage spatial: Sierra Leone (Africa)
Source: RCS Y30446F/28
Is part of: RCS Photograph Collection, Y30446F.
DCMIType: Image
Medium: image/jpeg
Extent: 89KB
Dimension X: 600
Dimension Y: 424
Dimension units: Pixels
Resolution: 72 dpi
Bit depth: 24 bit
Colour space: Adobe RGB 1998
Compression type: JPEG
Compression ratio: Quality 9
Camera body: Mamiya RB
Camera back: Leaf Valeo 11 Digital
Lighting: 1000w Bowens Flash Heads
Lens: Mamiya 50mm f/4.5 Wide Angle Lens
ISO: 25
Aperture: F/16
ShutterSpeed: 1/125
Digitised by: SM. Photography Department. Cambridge University Library.
Publisher: Royal Commonwealth Society Library. Cambridge University Library. University of Cambridge.
Rights: Copyright Cambridge University Library.
Date Digitised: 2003-12-18