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Goblet drum

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Conical wood body terminating in cylindrical section with three small feet. Head end is ovoid. Single head of animal skin, held in place by web of thick twined plant fiber laced around two separate rings of braided palm (?) fiber. Small carrying loop of leather at one edge of head.

Provenance

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 Sierra Leone

Dimensions

Height 43.5 cm, diameter 25.5 cm (Height 17 1/8 in., diameter 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.2186

Medium or Technique

Wood, animal skin, plant fiber

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Membranophones