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Slit drum

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Loaf-shaped, hollowed-out body of mahogany (?) with flat ends. Top surface flattened off with two large rectangular slits connected through septum at center by narrow slit. Small iron nails driven into top surface near ends. Surface shows rough tool marks.


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 Central African Republic


Length 59.7 cm, width 22 cm, depth 22.9 cm (Length 23 1/2 in., width 8 11/16 in., depth 9 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones