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Bull roarer (tsinidi'ni')

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Flat rectangular body of softwood with knob at proximal end. Surface painted with blue wavy longitudinal lines on one side and blue herringbone designs on opposite side. Twisted cotton cord (length 660 mm) tied to hole in knob.


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

Probably Apache people, 19th century

Object Place

Arizona, United States


Length 21.4 cm, width 4 cm, thickness 0.4 cm (Length 8 7/16 in., width 1 9/16 in., thickness 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones