String drum (tambourin à cordes) and mallet

19th century

Object Place: France


Length 90.9 cm, width 16.3 cm, height 7.1 cm (Length 35 13/16 in., width 6 7/16 in., height 2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, walnut

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Irregular oblong sound-box hollowed out of a solid block of maple forming the body of the instrument; light walnut sound-board. Six gut strings, fixed to the projecting block at the bottom, pass over the saddle- block (nailed to the sound-board), over the upper bridge with U-shaped wire staples, over the top saddle-block to the six boxwood tuning pegs inserted in the top and protected by two horn-shaped guards. The sound-board is decorated with two hexafoils and conventionalized plant pattern and perforated by many small holes; the decorativs are made lighter in color than the rest of the sound-board. Stained light greenish-borwn and varnished. Linen covered stick attached by a gut string.


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