Savannah, Tennessee Banjo

Savannah, Tennessee, circa 1850. A wooden hoop with a tack head made from an animal skin, this example illustrates the early evolution of the banjo from its original African gourd origins to the drum-like form we know today. Acquired from a family which had passed the instrument down several generations. The existence of numerous tack holes around the hoop indicates that more than one skin saw service with this instrument.

 

Exhibited in: Appalachian Strings: The Instruments, Their Makers, The Music at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster, Ohio, June 23 - September 3, 2012.

 

36 1/2" X 13 1/2" X 3 1/4"

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