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Hourglass drum

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Hourglass-shaped body of dark wood. Animal skin heads at each end, held in place by laces of thin twined plant fiber, with six additional loops of twine around laces at waist. Roll of red cloth encircling each head and separate strip serving as carrying strap.


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

Unknown people, 19th century

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Height 47.5 cm, diameter 23 cm (Height 18 11/16 in., diameter 9 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, animal skin, plant fiber, cloth


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Membranophones