Frame drum and mallet

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: United States, Possibly Western Plains region


Height 7.3 cm, diameter 46.2 cm (Height 2 7/8 in., diameter 18 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, animal skin

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Shallow shell constructed of thin machine-cut wood with lapped seam fastened together with iron nails. Thick skin head attached to lower edge of shell with iron nails. Two twisted cotton cords strung through holes in side and crisscrossing back. Polychrome painted decoration on head (blue, red, green, and black), comprised of large crude bird at center with indecipherable shape below, and three red and blue semi-circles and three blue crosses around perimeter. Mallet constructed of single carved piece of heavy hardwood with spherical head.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection