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Flat carrot-shaped piece of striped wood. Two slender arms (bound together at end) and free central tongue. Small knob at wide end.


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

19th century

Object Place

Possibly Florida Island, Solomon Islands


Length 16.4 cm, width 1.7 cm, depth 0.5 cm (Length 6 7/16 in., width 11/16 in., depth 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones