Hourglass drum

Unknown people
19th century


Object Place: Niger

Dimensions

Height 47.5 cm, diameter 23 cm (Height 18 11/16 in., diameter 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.2185

Medium or Technique

Wood, animal skin, plant fiber, cloth

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Membranophones

Hourglass-shaped body of dark wood. Animal skin heads at each end, held in place by laces of thin twined plant fiber, with six additional loops of twine around laces at waist. Roll of red cloth encircling each head and separate strip serving as carrying strap.

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