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Paddle-shaped body constructed of two slightly hollowed out pieces of softwood painted black. Integral wood handle pegged together with three small dowels.


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

Tlingit people, 19th century

Object Place

Alaska, Southern Coastal region, United States


Length 39.7 cm, width 6.2 cm, thickness 3 cm (Length 15 5/8 in., width 2 7/16 in., thickness 1 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones