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Shallow shell constructed of thin machine-cut wood with lapped seam fastened together with iron nails. Thick skin head attached to lower edge of shell with iron nails. Two twisted cotton cords strung through holes in side and crisscrossing back. Polychrome painted decoration on head (blue, red,...

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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

Possibly Western Plains region, United States


Height 7.3 cm, diameter 46.2 cm (Height 2 7/8 in., diameter 18 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, animal skin


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Membranophones