Hand Drum

Native American (Blackfeet)
about 1890–1910


Object Place: Montana, United States, Plains

Dimensions

7.62 cm (3 in.)

Accession Number

1991.961

Medium or Technique

Wood, leather, and paint

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)

Collections

Americas, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Membranophones

Round shallow drum. Leather stretched out over one face and side held by leather thongs tied web-like on reverse face. Indian red ground on leather. Black triangle border around side circumference. Face divided roughly in half with black outlined white line. Top hemisphere dotted irregularly in black. Painting of hail/dots properly belong on bottom of horizon line.

Provenance

Purchased in the West by Senator Marcus Allen Coolidge (1865-1947) and Ethel Warren Coolidge in the 1930s. Descended in the family and given to the Museum in 1991 by Louise Coolidge Carpenter (the daughter of United States Senator Marcus A. and Mrs. Ethel Warren Coolidge) and Judith Herdeg (the granddaughter of United States Senator Marcus A. and Mrs. Ethel Warren Coolidge).

Credit Line

Gift of Louise C. Carpenter in memory of her parents, United States Senator Marcus A. and Mrs. Ethel Warren Coolidge