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Pear shaped gourd pierced by roughly hewn handle of wood with twine wrapped around top. Plugged hole at lower end of handle for carrying cord. Seeds (?) inside.


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

Hopi people, 19th century

Object Place

Arizona, United States


Length 24.1 cm, diameter 7.1 cm (Length 9 1/2 in., diameter 2 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gourd, wood


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones