Güiro

Description
A traditional güiro is made from gourd-like fruit of the higüero tree (Crescentia cujete) that is native to the region. This musical instrument, common throughout the Caribbean, takes on various forms and can be made from modern materials like metal or plastic. A musical instrument of Pre-Columbian origin, it is played by scraping the carved ridges with the tines of a special pick or scraper.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
güiro
Date made
20th century
Physical Description
gourd (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 40.7 cm x 10.2 cm x 10.3 cm; 16 in x 4 in x 4 1/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
1997.0097.1077
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.1077
subject
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Music & Musical Instruments
Vidal
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Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title
Güiro
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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