Hourglass drum

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: Western Africa


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, animal skin, plant fiber

Not On View


Musical Instruments



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.


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