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

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

Object Place: Washington, DC, United States


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, leather

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



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.


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


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