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Shallow shell constructed of thin machine-cut wood with lapped seam tied together with leather laces. Thick skin head tied to shell with leather laces strung through holes in side. Two leather laces strung through holes in side and crisscrossing back. Red painted decoration on head, comprised of...

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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)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Possibly Seneca people, 19th century

Object Place

New York State, United States


Height 5.5 cm, diameter 26.8 cm (Height 2 3/16 in., diameter 10 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ash, animal skin


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Membranophones