Cylindrical drum

Iroquois people
19th century

Object Place: New York State, United States


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, animal skin

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



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.


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