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Cylindrical body of cane wrapped with alternate bands of animal skin and tin. Ends wrapped with snakeskin. Wrapped in two spots with large seed beads (black, white, green, red) and small seashells, and tied with braided black cotton (?) carrying cord with two tassels at each end. U-shaped...

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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

Unknown people, 19th century

Object Place

Probably Sudan


Length 61.3 cm, width 3.5 cm (Length 24 1/8 in., width 1 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, tin, animal skin, seed beads


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones