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Light-orange pear-shaped gourd pierced by handle of Osage orange wood, with cotton cord tied around top end. Small cross-shaped holes in gourd representing celestial patterns of stars; twelve on one side, seven on opposite side. Stones (?) inside.

Provenance

1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Navajo people, 1900–25

Object Place

New Mexico, United States

Dimensions

Length 18.1 cm, diameter 7.6 cm (Length 7 1/8 in., diameter 3 in.)

Accession Number

1984.313

Medium or Technique

Gourd, wood

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Idiophones