Hourglass drum

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: Niger


Height 47.5 cm, diameter 23 cm (Height 18 11/16 in., diameter 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, animal skin, plant fiber, cloth

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Musical Instruments



Hourglass-shaped body of dark wood. Animal skin heads at each end, held in place by laces of thin twined plant fiber, with six additional loops of twine around laces at waist. Roll of red cloth encircling each head and separate strip serving as carrying strap.


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