Hourglass drum

Unknown people
19th century


Object Place: Western Africa

Dimensions

Height 28.7 cm, diameter 19.8 cm (Height 11 5/16 in., diameter 7 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.2016

Medium or Technique

Wood, animal skin, plant fiber

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Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Membranophones

Hourglass-shaped body of very thin wood, the waist section colored pale salmon. Heads of animal skin at each end, held in place by laces of thin twined plant fiber. Several later laces of thin cotton (?) cord.

Provenance

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