19th century

Object Place: Sri Lanka


Length 87.6 cm, width 16.5 cm, depth 12.3 cm (Length 34 1/2 in., width 6 1/2 in., depth 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, snakeskin

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Hemispherical body of gourd with belly of reptile skin tacked on with band of red cloth around perimeter. Body pierced by neck of black painted wood, terminating in hook shape above pegbox. Four lateral tuning pegs of wood, painted black. Later copper strings tied to bulbous peg piercing lower end of neck spike. Later flat bridge of wood painted black.


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