Frame drum

Possibly Seneca people
19th century

Object Place: New York State, United States


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ash, animal skin

Not On View


Musical Instruments



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.


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