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Donor Name:
Willard P. Tisdel  Search this
Object Type:
Marimba / Mallet
Santiago de Veraguas, Chiriqui, Veraguas, Panama, South America
Accession Date:
5 Jun 1893
From Card: "27 bars of wood, 21 of Spanish cedars, and 6 of black walnut. L 9 1/2 to 17 1/2"; W. 1 3/8 to 2"; T. 5/8 to 3/4". Holes of 2 1/4 to 3" from the ends are made through each bar at both ends on opposite sides of bar. Bars are strung on 2 cords; between each bar is a flat headed pin, something like a tuning peg with a hole through it. By this it is strung on the same cords as bars and keeps bars separate. Frame has a rectangular body and 4 legs. In the long side rails of frame holes are bored to recieve the pins that are between the bars. They are of sufficient height to prevent bars from touching the franc. Bars are tuned by shaving or hollowing the under side between the nodes. Below each bar and not in contact with it is suspended 10 cylinders, resonators; with the instrument are 6 drumsticks having slender round sticks for handles and cylindrical heads of wood wound with rubber string. This is made to show the nations construct such instruments. The bars should be of a hard wood and the resonators long cylindrical gourds. See No. 15,248. The 10 resonators vary in length from 3 to 26 7/8” and in diameter from 1 1/2 to 2 1/8” Neat the top of each tin brackets are fastened to them which in turn are fastened to two bars running length wise of the frame. Mr. W.N. Watkins identified the wood as walnut Juglans 3/27/53."
Record Last Modified:
14 Nov 2016
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NMNH - Anthropology Dept.