Clappers (bones)

late 19th century


Object Place: United States

Dimensions

Length 18.3 cm, width 2.8 cm, thickness 1 cm (Length 7 3/16 in., width 1 1/8 in., thickness 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1989.132a-d

Medium or Technique

Ebony

On View

David and Stacey Goel Gallery (Gallery 239)

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Idiophones

Four slightly curved pieces of ebony of cigar-shaped cross section.

Provenance

By the 1880s, Ernest Dalton, Chicopee, Massachusetts, who played them in minstrel shows throughout the 1880s and 1890s; before 1970, by descent to his grandson, Trevor Robinson, Massachusetts; 1970, gift of Robinson to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 22, 1989)

Credit Line

Gift of Trevor Robinson