Tiple

Description
The tiple, Puerto Rico's smallest string instrument, shows great regional variations in how it is strung and tuned. It and its jumbo version, the bordonúa, were often played to accompany religious songs. While the melodic cuatro has been embraced as a popular symbol of puertorriqueñidad (Puerto Ricanness), the tiple nearly disappeared in the 20th century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
tiple
Date made
late 19th-early 20th century
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
bone (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 52.1 cm x 11.7 cm x 6.8 cm; 20 1/2 in x 4 5/8 in x 2 11/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
1997.0097.1078
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.1078
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
Tiple
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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