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Native North American Musical Instruments

  • The MFA’s Musical Instruments Collection contains over 1,100 examples from around the world, ranging from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Explore a selection of Native North American instruments from the Museum’s holdings.

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  • Vessel rattle (kanyáhte' ká'nowa')

    Seneca people
    19th century

    Object Place, New York State, United States

    Description

    Shell of snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) with leg openings sewn shut with sinew and other cordage. Neck stretched out to form handle supported by three splints of ash (?) and wrapped with cotton cord and twine; head serves as knob at end. Chokecherry pips (?) inside.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 43.3 cm, width 17.5 cm, thickness 6.5 cm (length 17 1/16 in., width 6 7/8 in., thickness 2 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2233

    Medium or Technique

    Turtle shell, elm wood

    On View

    Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle (onó'kah kastaweh'shae')

    Seneca people
    19th century
    Attributed to Andrew John, Jr. (Seneca Nation, about 1847–1907 Seneca Nation)

    Object Place, New York State, United States

    Description

    Short cylinder of ox (?) horn capped at each end by disk of wood pinned by small brass (?) brads. Disks pierced at center by handle of wood. Twine cord tied to handle immediately above and below horn. Stones (?) inside.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 27.7 cm, diameter 7 cm (Length 10 7/8 in., diameter 2 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2237

    Medium or Technique

    Cowhorn, wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Great Plains region, United States

    Description

    Two pieces of leather sewn together with sinew around handle of wood, forming pear-shaped head. Handle wrapped with additional band of leather with wide fringes at each end, upper band wrapped with three strands of light blue and reddish-brown seed beads. Long hank of black hair projecting from end of handle.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 60 cm, width 8 cm, thickness 5.5 cm (Length 23 5/8 in., width 3 1/8 in., thickness 2 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2246

    Medium or Technique

    Leather, wood, seed beads

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle (shinshin)

    Cheyenne people
    before 1893

    Object Place, Possibly Wyoming, United States

    Description

    Two pieces of leather sewn together with sinew around wood handle, forming spherical head. Six black magpie (?) feathers and one eagle “fluffy” feather tied to top of head with leather. Carrying loop of leather tied to bottom of handle.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 41.5 cm, diameter 6 cm (Length 16 5/16 in., diameter 2 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2247

    Medium or Technique

    Leather, wood, feathers

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle (aaya)

    Probably Hopi people
    about 1900

    Object Place, Arizona, United States

    Description

    Flattened spherical body of gourd pierced by wood handle with pointed top. Handle wrapped with sinew and pierced by hole with cotton cord above gourd; wrapped with cotton cord and strip of cloth below gourd. Gourd painted green overall (two layers of differing shades) with black Maltese(-style) cross on each face and “X” on each edge. Pellets missing due to break in gourd.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 28.7 cm, diameter 12.8 cm, thickness 8.5 cm (Length 11 5/16 in., diameter 5 1/16 in., depth 3 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2235

    Medium or Technique

    Gourd, wood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle

    Hopi people
    19th century

    Object Place, Arizona, United States

    Description

    Pear shaped gourd pierced by roughly hewn handle of wood with twine wrapped around top. Plugged hole at lower end of handle for carrying cord. Seeds (?) inside.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 24.1 cm, diameter 7.1 cm (Length 9 1/2 in., diameter 2 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2238

    Medium or Technique

    Gourd, wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle

    Navajo people
    1900–25

    Object Place, New Mexico, United States

    Description

    Light-orange pear-shaped gourd pierced by handle of Osage orange wood, with cotton cord tied around top end. Small cross-shaped holes in gourd representing celestial patterns of stars; twelve on one side, seven on opposite side. Stones (?) inside.

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 18.1 cm, diameter 7.6 cm (Length 7 1/8 in., diameter 3 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.313

    Medium or Technique

    Gourd, wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle

    Possibly Arapaho people
    about 1930

    Object Place, Western Plains region, United States

    Description

    Light-orange pear-shaped gourd pierced by handle of dark brown wood. Handle wrapped above and below gourd with rows of dark blue, white, and red seed beads on light blue field. Tied to lower end of handle is cord of white braided leather with five tassels of horsehair dyed red, white, and light purple. Projecting from top of gourd is tuft of white horsehair and red feathers, wrapped at base with narrow strip of white fur.

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 38.0 cm, diameter 5.5 cm (Length 14 15/16 in., diameter 2 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.314

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, seed beads, horsehair, feathers

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle

    Probably Haida people
    19th century

    Object Place, British Columbia, Canada

    Description

    Body carved in shape of raven from two hollowed-out pieces of hardwood, tied together at edges of wings with leather and cotton cord threaded through small tubular pieces of sea shell. Belly of raven carved with two faces; back carved with frog atop reclining humanoid figure and head of hawk facing toward handle. Painted red, green, and black. Integral wood handle bound with strip of leather. Stones (?) inside.

    Provenance

    Arthur Graham Carey, Benson, VT; 1984, by inheritance to Roxanne Price Carey, Benson, VT; 1985, donated by Carey to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 23, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Graham Carey

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 30 cm, width 8.2 cm (Length 11 13/16 in., width 3 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1985.735

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, pigment, leather, shells

    On View

    Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle

    Possibly Nootka people
    19th century

    Object Place, British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Canada

    Description

    Body carved in shape of long-billed bird from two hollowed-out pieces of hardwood, tied together in four places with twine or sinew. Belly and back of bird carved with faces. Painted red, green, and black. Integral wood handle pegged together with two small dowels. Stones (?) inside.

    Provenance

    1989, accessioned as source unidentified to the MFA. Object was in the MFA "Children's Room" until brought to the attention of the Department of Musical Instruments in 1989. (Accession Date: May 22, 1989)

    Credit Line

    Source unidentified

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 39.7 cm, width 10 cm (Length 15 5/8 in., width 3 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1989.135

    Medium or Technique

    Cedar

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle

    Possibly Nootka people
    19th century

    Object Place, British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Canada

    Description

    Body in shape of long-billed bird (with box held in bill) constructed from two carved and hollowed-out pieces of hardwood, tied together with sinew in two places at opposite sides of body. Painted decoration comprised of red and black geometric designs. Large blue glass beads used for eyes. Integral handle pegged together with single dowel. Stones (?) inside.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 40.2 cm, width 10 cm, thickness 12.6 cm (Length 15 13/16 in., width 3 15/16 in., thickness 4 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2232

    Medium or Technique

    Cedar?

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle

    Possibly Kwakiutl people
    19th century

    Object Place, British Columbia, Canada

    Description

    Flattened spherical body constructed of two hollowed out halves of softwood, tied together in four places with sinew, knots covered by tufts of shredded cedar bark. Each side carved with face, one side incorporating shark’s gills and opposite side incorporating whale’s tail. Painted red, green, and black. Integral wood handle bound with strips of split spruce root. Stones (?) inside.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 21.2 cm, diameter 13.1 cm, thickness 8.5 cm (Length 8 3/8 in., diameter 5 3/16 in., thickness 3 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2236

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, cedar bark

    On View

    Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Pair of arm-band rattles

    Sioux people
    19th century

    Object Place, Possibly South Dakota, United States

    Description

    Leather straps covered with seed-bead decoration comprised of repeating geometric pattern in dark blue, red, and yellow on white background with light green along edges. Row of small tin cones tied on with leather strips along upper edge of each 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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 32 cm, width 3 cm (Length 12 5/8 in., width 1 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2248a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Leather, tin, seed beads

    On View

    Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Suspension rattle

    Possibly Paiute people
    19th century

    Object Place, Western Plains region, United States

    Description

    Thirteen dewclaws of varying sizes from deer (?), strung on cords of leather.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2234

    Medium or Technique

    Deer dewclaws, leather

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Scraper and rod (kano'oskae', after 19th-century Seneca people type)

    1903
    Attributed to Andrew John, Jr. (Seneca Nation, about 1847–1907 Seneca Nation)

    Object Place, Washington, DC, United States

    Description

    Scraper constructed of stick of maple (of diamond-shaped cross section) with rounded edges; thirteen notches cut along two-thirds of length of one edge. Scraping stick constructed of flat piece of maple with rounded edges. Broken cotton string tied through holes in each piece, formerly connecting them to each other.

    Inscription

    In black ink: CAT.2214 [..] - (deliberately scratched off)

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 31.1 cm, width 2.8 cm, thickness 2.2 cm (Length 12 1/4 in., width 1 1/8 in., thickness 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2167a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Maple

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Scraper and blade (truhkunpi)

    Wolpi Pueblo people
    before 1879

    Object Place, Arizona, United States

    Description

    Scraper of long stick of hardwood (of semi-circular cross section) with twenty-one notches carved along curved side. Scraper blade of scapula bone (?) from deer (?). Scraper and blade formerly tied together with 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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 44.7 cm, width 3 cm, thickness 2 cm (Length 17 5/8 in., width 1 3/16 in., thickness 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2244a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, deer bone (?)

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Clapper

    Tlingit people
    19th century

    Object Place, Alaska, Southern Coastal region, United States

    Description

    Paddle-shaped body constructed of two slightly hollowed out pieces of softwood painted black. Integral wood handle pegged together with three small dowels.

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (b. 1858 - d. 1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis Galpin to William Lindsey (b. 1858 - d. 1922), Boston; 1916, gift of William Lindsey to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 39.7 cm, width 6.2 cm, thickness 3 cm (Length 15 5/8 in., width 2 7/16 in., thickness 1 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2249

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    On View

    Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Frame drum

    Possibly Seneca people
    19th century

    Object Place, New York State, United States

    Description

    Shallow shell constructed of thin machine-cut wood with lapped seam tied together with leather laces. Thick skin head tied to shell with leather laces strung through holes in side. Two leather laces strung through holes in side and crisscrossing back. Red painted decoration on head, comprised of small circle at center (diameter 45 mm), triangles around perimeter, and various other indiscernible shapes in field.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 5.5 cm, diameter 26.8 cm (Height 2 3/16 in., diameter 10 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2024

    Medium or Technique

    Ash, animal skin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Frame drum (wewetowah)

    Ute or Shoshone people
    before 1899

    Object Place, Wyoming, United States

    Description

    Shallow shell constructed of thin wood with lapped seam tied together with leather laces. Thick skin head tied to shell with leather laces strung through holes near lower edge of side. Faded dark red ring (diameter 95 mm) painted at center of head.

    Inscription

    In ink on side: 203787 / E. GRANIER

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 8 cm, diameter 26.4 cm (Height 3 1/8 in., diameter 10 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2242

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, animal skin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Frame drum and mallet

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Possibly Western Plains region, United States

    Description

    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.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    17.2245a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, animal skin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Cylindrical drum

    Iroquois people
    19th century

    Object Place, New York State, United States

    Description

    Shell of thin roughly surfaced wood painted red, tied together at seam with thin twine. Two skin heads attached to shell with leather laces in “W” pattern. One head painted with alternating red and yellow triangles around perimeter; opposite head painted with red circle at center, wavy red arrow and one red triangle in field, and two small red triangles over larger yellow triangles at opposite edges.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 25.5 cm, diameter 38.7 cm (Height 10 1/16 in., diameter 15 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2252

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, animal skin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Frame drum and mallet (ka'nohko'wah, after 19th-century Seneca people type)

    1903
    Attributed to Andrew John, Jr. (Seneca Nation, about 1847–1907 Seneca Nation)

    Object Place, Washington, DC, United States

    Description

    Shell of machine-cut wood with closed bottom. Carved plug of wood (diameter 11 mm) in side for introducing water. Suede leather head held onto shell with hoop of suede wrapped with red cloth. Mallet of walnut (?) with small spherical head and widened handle shaped for finger grip. Drum and mallet formerly tied together with cotton string.

    Inscription

    In ink on bottom (barely legible): [ANDREW JOHN / CAT. ... / ACC: ...427(?)]

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 9.9 cm, diameter 17.2 cm (Height 3 7/8 in., diameter 6 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2250a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, leather

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Mallet for drum (?)

    Sioux people
    19th century

    Object Place, Possibly South Dakota, United States

    Description

    Flattened spherical stone covered by two pieces of leather sewn together around wood handle with sinew. Upper and lower ends of handle wrapped with additional band of leather with wide fringes at each end; upper band wrapped with three rows of light and medium blue seed beads. Long hank of black and gray hair attached to end of handle.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 30.5 cm, width 16.0 cm, thickness 9.0 cm (Length 12 in., width 6 5/16 in., thickness 3 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2251

    Medium or Technique

    Stone, leather, wood, hair

    Not On View

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    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Accessories

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  • Duct whistle

    Unknown people
    1850–1900

    Object Place, Great Plains region, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body of eagle-wing (?) bone with V-shaped window. Duct block of wood. Carrying cord of leather (length 420 mm) tied just below window. Two eagle “fluffy” feathers suspended near center by long cords of leather. One eagle “fluffy” feather and small tuft of eagle down dyed red, bound near distal end with sinew.

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 16.7 cm, diameter 1.5 cm (Length 6 9/16 in., diameter 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.318

    Medium or Technique

    Bone, wood, feathers

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Stick for sundance whistle

    Unknown people
    1850–1900

    Object Place, Great Plains region, United States

    Description

    Stick of slender piece of wood with faint red coloring and two small branches roughly opposite each other near one end.

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 63 cm (24 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.319

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Accessories

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  • Duct whistle

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Great Plains region, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body of eagle bone wrapped with sinew and leather, fringed at distal end. Distal end of bone broken off. Body wrapped with rows of dark blue, yellow, and red seed beads. V-shaped window. Duct block formed of pitch. Long carrying cord of leather, wrapped with strips of orange dyed porcupine quill (?), tied to proximal end.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 12 cm, diameter 1.7 cm (Length 4 3/4 in., diameter 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2253

    Medium or Technique

    Bone, leather, seed beads

    Not On View

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  • Duct whistle

    Unknown people
    1850–1900

    Object Place, Great Plains region, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body of eagle bone with U-shaped window. Duct block formed of pitch (?). Cord of red dyed leather wrapped above and below window, with long carrying loop suspended at same point.

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 12.8 cm, diameter 0.7 cm (Length 5 1/16 in., diameter 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.321

    Medium or Technique

    Bone

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  • Duct whistle and case

    early 20th century

    Object Place, Great Plains region, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body of eagle bone with V-shaped window. Duct block formed of pitch (?). Proximal end serrated. Red-filled incised designs (representing tepee with smoke rising from top) just below window. Cord of leather tied to distal end to facilitate removal from case. Tubular case of leather sewn at seam with leather strips. Several thongs of leather tied at each end pierce perimeter of circular closures of leather. Surface of case has polychrome painted decoration of complex iconography, comprised (from bottom to top) of orange band with undulating top, purple band in zigzag pattern, six yellow crescent moons, three red four-pointed stars (with purple dots in center), five blue diamonds (with purple diamonds in center), three red lightning bolts, four light green crosses, band of seven yellow circles, thin black line, wavy purple stripe, and four orange triangles.

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 17.7 cm, diameter 1.2 cm (Length 6 15/16 in., diameter 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.325.1-2

    Medium or Technique

    Bone and leather

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  • Duct whistle

    Pomo people
    mid-19th century

    Object Place, Northern California, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body of crane bone with rectangular window. Duct block formed of pitch. Surface incised with geometric designs and human figure (“star-gazer”) standing on hut with stars above. Orange (woodpecker), dark green (mallard), and brown feathers tied on with sinew near distal end. Suspended from distal end are two cords of sinew piercing five circular and two teardrop-shaped pieces of abalone shell. Long carrying cord of thin leather tied to distal end.

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 19.9 cm, diameter 1.6 cm (Length 7 13/16 in., diameter 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.320

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    Bone

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  • Duct whistle

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada

    Description

    Cylindrical body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near each end. Distal end closed. Seams sealed with pitch. Painted decoration comprised of red and black geometric (?) designs. U-shaped window and oval embouchure hole. Sounds pitch of f’.

    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

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    Dimensions

    Length 32.2 cm, width 4.6 cm, thickness 4 cm (Length 12 11/16 in., width 1 13/16 in., thickness 1 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2201

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar (?), spruce root

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  • Duct whistle (sk-a'na)

    Haida people
    before 1883

    Object Place, British Columbia, Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada

    Description

    Bottle-shaped body (of roughly semi-circular cross section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near proximal end and at center and with split spruce root near distal end. Distal end closed. Seams sealed with pitch. Rectangular window with two lips (but only one note sounds). Rectangular embouchure hole. Sounds pitch of a.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 38.5 cm, width 8.8 cm, thickness 8 cm (Length 15 3/16 in., width 3 7/16 in., thickness 3 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2202

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar (?), spruce root

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  • Duct whistle

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada

    Description

    Bottle-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of cedar bark near each end and just below window. Distal end closed except for small hole at center (diameter 11 mm). Rectangular window with concave lower edge. Oval embouchure hole. Sounds pitch of f’.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 38 cm, width 7.4 cm, thickness 4.3 cm (Length 14 15/16 in., width 2 15/16 in., thickness 1 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2203

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar (?)

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  • Double duct whistle

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada

    Description

    Cylindrical body (of roughly circular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near each end and at center. Distal end closed. V-shaped window on each side. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole. Sounds pitches of f-sharp and g.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 44.5 cm, width 5.3 cm, thickness 6.1 cm (Length 17 1/2 in., width 2 1/16 in., thickness 2 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2204

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar (?), spruce root

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  • Double duct whistle

    Possibly Nootka people
    late 19th century

    Object Place, British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Canada

    Description

    Two cylindrical pipes (of oval cross-section) bound to each other with sinew at proximal end and center. Each whistle constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of cedar bark near distal ends and at centers. Distal ends closed. Seams smeared with pitch. U-shaped window in one pipe and rectangular window in other pipe. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole in each pipe. Sounds pitches of e’-flat and e’.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 26.3 cm, width 8.5 cm, thickness 3.5 cm (Length 10 3/8 in., width 3 3/8 in., thickness 1 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2205

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, spruce root

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  • Triple duct whistle

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada

    Description

    Rectangular body (of rectangular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out pieces of red cedar (?), separated by wide wood septum, all bound with strips of split spruce root near each end. Rectangular windows, two on one face and one on opposite face. Rectangular embouchure hole. Sounds pitches of e’, f’-sharp, and g’.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 13.3 cm, width 4.1 cm, thickness 3.6 cm (Length 5 1/4 in., width 1 5/8 in., thickness 1 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2206

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, spruce root

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  • Quadruple duct whistle

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada

    Description

    Rectangular body (of square cross-section) constructed of five pieces of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end. Edges serrated. Rectangular window in each face and four rectangular embouchure holes in circular-shaped proximal end. Sounds pitches of a’, c-sharp”, a”, and c-sharp”’.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 21.9 cm, width 4.5 cm, thickness 4.5 cm (Length 8 5/8 in., width 1 3/4 in., thickness 1 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2207

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, twine

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  • Quintuple duct whistle

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada

    Description

    Flattened bottle-shaped body (of roughly U-shaped cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound together with twisted sinew near each end and with cedar bark strips above and below largest windows. Distal end closed. Seams smeared with pitch. Two crescent-shaped windows and three rectangular-shaped. Five embouchure holes of various shapes. Sounds pitches of d’, d’, d”, d”, and f”-sharp.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 38.8 cm, width 12 cm, thickness 6 cm (Length 15 1/4 in., width 4 3/4 in., thickness 2 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2208

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, sinew

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  • Bag-blown whistle (after 19th-century Haida people type)

    1903

    Object Place, Washington, DC, United States

    Description

    Flattened spherical body constructed of two hollowed out halves of wood with duct in slender neck. Front half carved as face with large U-shaped hole at nose position for exit of air. Small roughly circular hole in forehead, possibly for use as fingerhole. Seams smeared with pitch. Bellows of animal bladder filled with straw and tied around neck with copper wire. Sounds pitch of B-flat with “fingerhole” closed and sharp e-flat with it open.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 53.5 cm, width 22.9 cm, thickness 16.1 cm (Length 21 1/16 in., width 9 in., thickness 6 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2210

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, animal bladder

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  • Whistle (sk-a'na, possibly after 19th-century Haida people type)

    about 1903

    Object Place, Washington, DC, United States

    Description

    Bottle-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end and at center. Distal end open. Seams sealed with pitch. Rectangular window and embouchure hole. Sounds pitch of f’-sharp.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 34.9 cm, width 7.3 cm, thickness 6.2 cm (Length 13 3/4 in., width 2 7/8 in., thickness 2 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2211

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, twine

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  • Duct whistle (after 19th-century Northwest Coast Indian type)

    about 1900

    Object Place, Washington, DC, United States

    Description

    Bottle-shaped body (of semi-circular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end and at center. Distal end closed. Seams smeared with pitch. Three equally-spaced fingerholes in distal half. Rectangular window and oval embouchure hole. Sounds pitches of e’ (with all finger holes open) and a (with all finger holes closed).

    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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 33.5 cm, width 6.7 cm, thickness 6.2 cm (Length 13 3/16 in., width 2 5/8 in., thickness 2 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2209

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, twine

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  • Duct flute (ya-ah-ga-wasta?, after 19th-century Seneca people type)

    1903
    Attributed to Andrew John, Jr. (Seneca Nation, about 1847–1907 Seneca Nation)

    Object Place, Washington, DC, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body constructed of two hollowed out halves of medium brown hardwood, bound together with twine in four places (one binding missing). Rectangular window covered by lead lip and external duct block with concave upper surface, each bound to body with twine. Proximal end flat with small blow hole at center. Six equally-spaced fingerholes with slightly chamfered edges, near center of body.

    Inscription

    In ink on side: ANDREW JOHN / Cat. 221480 / Acc: 41427 / SENECA [INDIANS] / NEW YORK STATE

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 44.1 cm, diameter 2.5 cm (Length 17 3/8 in., diameter 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2230

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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  • Duct flute (ya-ah-ga-wasta?)

    Seneca people
    19th century

    Object Place, New York State, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body constructed of two hollowed out halves of softwood, bound together with cotton cord in five places. Rectangular window covered by lead lip and external duct block with slanted upper surface, each bound to body with cotton cord. Proximal end slightly convex with small blow hole at center. Six equally-spaced fingerholes, with slightly chamfered edges, near center of body. Short wood pin (for unknown purpose) protruding from top surface near distal end.

    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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 44.1 cm, diameter 2.7 cm (Length 17 3/8 in., diameter 1 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2231

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    Wood

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  • Duct flute

    Possibly Sioux people
    mid-19th century

    Object Place, Possibly South Dakota, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body of wood constructed in two halves, partially encased with heartsack (?) and bound together in six places with thin red sinew. Tied around body in nine places are strips of leather with dangling ends, one suspending sparrow-hawk claw and one suspending small strip of animal fur. rectangular window covered by external duct block of wood carved with shape of horse and bound to body with leather. Proximal end slightly convex with small blow hole at center. Six equally-spaced fingerholes in distal half of body.

    Provenance

    1947, gift of Roberta Campbell Lawson, Tulsa, Oklahoma, to the Philbrook Museum of Art; after 1982, sold at auction, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Before 1984, Tad Johnson, London, England; by 1984, sold by Johnson to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, gift of Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

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    Dimensions

    Length 51.7 cm, diameter 2.7 cm (Length 20 3/8 in., diameter 1 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.315

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, sinew

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  • End-blown flute (lain-ah?)

    Probably Hopi people
    19th century

    Object Place, Arizona, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body constructed of single piece of hardwood. Embouchure end thinned for width of about 10 mm along inside of one wall. Five fingerholes in distal half; three nearest center equally-spaced and two nearest distal end widely spaced.

    Inscription

    In ink on side: "16169"

    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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 70.3 cm, diameter 2.8 cm (Length 27 11/16 in., diameter 1 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2227

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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  • Duct flute (paqaplena)

    Probably Hopi people
    about 1900

    Object Place, Arizona, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body of cane (?). Very extended beak at proximal end with separate piece of cane bound to top surface with sinew. V-shaped window. Duct block missing. Irregularly carved cross-shaped piece of wood with traces of light blue/green paint, tied to distal end with sinew. Three widely-spaced fingerholes at center of body.

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by Lillian Caplin, Center for Musical Antiquities, New York, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Dimensions

    Length 36.5 cm, diameter 1.9 cm (Length 14 3/8 in., diameter 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.316

    Medium or Technique

    Cane, wood

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  • Duct flute (wilwil'telhuku'p)

    Probably Tohono O'odham people
    19th century

    Object Place, Arizona, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body of cane with three nodes. Central node intact with rectangular window cut over top. Missing tied-on bandage to form duct. Three equally-spaced fingerholes in distal half.

    Inscription

    In ink on side of headjoint: 107.535 / Tucson Arizona / Coll - E.W. Nelson

    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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 63.5 cm, diameter 2.3 cm (Length 25 in., diameter 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2229

    Medium or Technique

    Cane

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  • Duct flute (que-goot?)

    Probably Papago people
    19th century

    Object Place, Arizona, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body constructed of three sections of cane connected by crudely fitted socket-and-tenon joints. Proximal end of uppermost joint cut at steep angle. Bands of cotton (?) string wrapped in six places (missing or detached in four places). U-shaped window with widely chamfered lower edge. Duct block missing, but apparently held in place by pin (length 25 mm) carved from cane, protruding through wall of uppermost section about 15 mm from proximal end. Two fingerholes and one thumb hole, with chamfered edges, near distal end of lowest section.

    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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

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    Dimensions

    Length 56.9 cm, diameter 2.7 cm (Length 22 3/8 in., diameter 1 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2228

    Medium or Technique

    Cane

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  • Reed pipe

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada

    Description

    Carrot-shaped body (with flattened distal end) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root in two places near proximal end. Circular embouchure hole, beveled on outside edge. Tapered end forms terminal retreating reed (?).

    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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

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    Dimensions

    Length 29.3 cm, width 4 cm, thickness 3.6 cm (Length 11 9/16 in., width 1 9/16 in., thickness 1 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2212

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, spruce root

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  • Reed pipe

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Fort Simpson, British Columbia, Canada

    Description

    Waisted bottle-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with sinew near proximal end and at center. Seam sealed with pitch. Concealed double reed of red cedar (?) affixed inside proximal half of body. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole.

    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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

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    Dimensions

    Length 35.5 cm, width 6.4 cm, thickness 5 cm (Length 14 in., width 2 1/2 in., thickness 1 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2213

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, twine

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  • Reed pipe

    Tsimshian people
    19th century

    Object Place, British Columbia, Northern Coastal region, Canada

    Description

    Bottle-shaped body (of rectangular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), originally bound with unknown substance (now missing) at each end and at center. Concealed double reed of red cedar (?), bound with strip of cloth and affixed with pitch inside proximal half of body. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole.

    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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

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    Dimensions

    Length 23.1 cm, width 6.9 cm, thickness 4 cm (Length 9 1/8 in., width 2 11/16 in., thickness 1 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2214

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar

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  • Reed pipe

    Tsimshian people
    19th century

    Object Place, British Columbia, Northern Coastal region, Canada

    Description

    Paddle-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near each end and at two places near center. Two concealed double reeds of red cedar (?) affixed inside distal end of body. Oval embouchure hole.

    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)

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    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 38.6 cm, width 5.5 cm, thickness 2.7 cm (Length 15 3/16 in., width 2 3/16 in., thickness 1 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2215

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, spruce root

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  • Reed pipe

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada

    Description

    Wedge-shaped body (of circular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), separated by wood septum, all bound with strips of split spruce root near proximal end and at center. Two semi-circular embouchure holes. Tapered end forms two single reeds beating against either side of septum.?

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 13.6 cm, width 3.5 cm, thickness 3.2 cm (Length 5 3/8 in., width 1 3/8 in., thickness 1 1/14 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2216

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, spruce root

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  • Reed pipe

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada

    Description

    Cylindrical body (of circular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), separated by wood septum, all bound with strips of split spruce root near each end. Large bell-shaped hole in side of body for altering pitch with hand. Distal end reduced to 19 mm diameter forming two single reeds beating against either side of septum. Two semi-circular embouchure holes in proximal end. Sounds pitches of f’ and b’-flat.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 26.7 cm, width 5.1 cm, thickness 4.9 cm (Length 10 1/2 in., width 2 in., thickness 1 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2217

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, spruce root

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  • Reed pipe (sk-a'na)

    Haida (Masset) people
    19th century

    Object Place, British Columbia, Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada

    Description

    Cylindrical body constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root (?) near each end. Distal end closed. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole. Slits in unbound section of body function as lateral retreating reeds.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 33.0 cm, width 2 cm, thickness 1.9 cm (Length 13 in., width 13/16 in., thickness 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2218

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, spruce root

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  • Reed pipe (sk-a'na)

    Haida people
    19th century

    Object Place, British Columbia, Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada

    Description

    Slightly tapered body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end. Distal end closed. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole. Slits in unbound section of body function as lateral retreating reeds.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 24 cm, width 3.1 cm, thickness 2.5 cm (Length 9 7/16 in., width 1 1/4 in., thickness 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2219

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, twine

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  • Reed pipe (sk-a'na)

    Haida (Masset) people
    19th century

    Object Place, British Columbia, Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada

    Description

    Narrow U-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near both ends of each leg and at proximal end. Distal end closed. Two diamond-shaped embouchure holes. Slits in unbound sections of each leg of body function as lateral retreating reeds.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 34 cm, width 3.9 cm, thickness 1.9 cm (Length 13 3/8 in., width 1 9/16 in., thickness 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2220

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, spruce root

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  • Reed pipe

    Unknown people
    late 19th century

    Object Place, Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada

    Description

    Bottle-shaped body (of circular cross-section) in two pieces, each constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end. Pieces connected by crudely fitted socket-and-tenon joint. Clarinet-mouthpiece-type structure (missing metal reed) affixed to upper end of distal piece.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 27.1 cm, width 4.8 cm, thickness 4.4 cm (Length 10 11/16 in., width 1 7/8 in., thickness 1 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2221

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, twine

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  • Ribbon reed pipe

    Unknown people
    19th century

    Object Place, Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada

    Description

    Peg-shaped body (of circular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root at center. Distal end open. Ribbon reed of unknown material stretched laterally across mid-point of bore. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 7.4 cm, width 3.6 cm, thickness 3.6 cm (Length 2 15/16 in., width 1 7/16 in., thickness 1 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2222

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, spruce root

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  • Ribbon reed pipe

    Tsimshian people
    late 19th century

    Object Place, British Columbia, Northern Coastal region, Canada

    Description

    Wedge-shaped body (of rectangular cross-section) constructed of six pieces of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near each end. Ribbon reed of cloth (width 12 mm) woven back and forth through five oval openings near center of bore. Five lozenge-shaped embouchure openings.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 14.7 cm, width 5.8 cm, thickness 3.4 cm (Length 5 13/16 in., width 2 5/16 in., thickness 1 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2223

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, spruce root

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  • Reed pipe (possibly after 19th-century Heiltsuk people type)

    late 19th century

    Object Place, Washington, DC, United States

    Description

    Paddle-shaped body constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near proximal end and at center. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole. Widened end forms terminal retreating reed.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 20.5 cm, width 2.7 cm, thickness 2.2 cm (Length 8 1/16 in., width 1 1/16 in., thickness 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2224

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, spruce root

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  • Whistle

    Unknown people
    late 19th century

    Object Place, Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada

    Description

    Wedge-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?) separated by wood septum, bound with twine near each end. Seams smeared with pitch. U-shaped window along each edge, offset from each other laterally. Two oval embouchure holes.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 9.0 cm, width 3.8 cm, thickness 2.4 cm (Length 3 9/16 in., width 1 1/2 in., thickness 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2225

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, twine

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  • Reed pipe (sk-a'na)

    Haidi people
    before 1888

    Object Place, British Columbia, Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada

    Description

    Elongated bow-tie-shaped body constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root in two places near center. Two small embouchure holes (diameter 5 mm) opposite each other at mid-point. Each end of body forms terminal retreating reed.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 25.5 cm, width 4.5 cm, thickness 2.5 cm (Length 10 1/16 in., width 1 3/4 in., thickness 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2226

    Medium or Technique

    Red cedar, spruce root

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  • Bull roarer (tsinidi'ni')

    Probably Apache people
    19th century

    Object Place, Arizona, United States

    Description

    Flat rectangular body of softwood with knob at proximal end. Surface painted with blue wavy longitudinal lines on one side and blue herringbone designs on opposite side. Twisted cotton cord (length 660 mm) tied to hole in knob.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 21.4 cm, width 4 cm, thickness 0.4 cm (Length 8 7/16 in., width 1 9/16 in., thickness 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2243

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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  • Fiddle (kízh kízh díhí) and bow

    White Mountain Apache people
    19th century

    Object Place, Arizona, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body constructed of two hollowed out halves of agave (?) stalk painted yellow and bound near each end with cotton cord. Lump of rosin (?) adhered to one end. Rod of wood pierces body end-to-end with about six strands (two intact) of black horsehair tied to each end. Painted decoration comprised of following: large centrally-placed blue “X” on each side, outlined by black dots. At each side of “X” is blue bow tie shape (representing butterfly) bisected at axis by red double-headed arrow. Above “X” is line of repeating pattern of orange circle and two blue diamonds. Encircling each end is broad black band with border of blue semi-circles. At one end are series of short black diagonal lines. Later carrying loop of gut tied to one end. Bow of river reed (?) with about twelve strands of white horsehair bound to each end with sinew.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 31.5 cm, diameter 4.3 cm (Length 12 3/8 in., diameter 1 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2239a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Agave stalk, reed

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  • Fiddle (kízh kízh díhí) and bow

    White Mountain Apache people
    19th century

    Object Place, Arizona, United States

    Description

    Cylindrical body of reddish colored mescal (?) stalk with longitudinal striations. Rod of wood pierces body end-to-end with twisted gut string tied to each end. Bow of ash (?) with eighteen strands of black horsehair set into notches at each end and bound with sinew.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 29.3 cm, diameter 6.2 cm (Length 11 9/16 in., 2 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2240a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Mescal stalk, ash

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