School of Art

Contact Details

School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

Fax: +44 (0)1970 622461


Musical Instruments

Musical instruments were acquired to 'illustrate the life and art' of world civilisations. Among them is a Sarinda (an Indian fiddle), a New Guinea drum with a snakeskin tympanum, two African ivory war horns, and a South American violin with an armadillo shell forming the sound box. In 1933 the collection was enriched by Professor J. L. André Barbier's gift of a group of African musical instruments including a South African mbila (xylophone) with gourd resonators.