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Pair of timpani and two mallets

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The bodies of both drums are made of brass hemispherical shells covered with vellum drum heads. The smaller drum has five tuning screws; the larger one, six. Pair of drumsticks with whalebone handles; the wooden heads are covered with a thin layer of sponge.


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

19th century

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Heights 37 cm and 38 cm, diameters 61 cm and 67.5 cm (Heights 14 9/16 in. and 14 15/16 in., diameters 24 in. and 26 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Membranophones