Pandereta

Description
This large, hand-held drum, known in Puerto Rico as a pandereta, is an essential instrument in the musical genre known as plena. The plena was developed by agricultural workers at the end of the 19th century on the southern coast of the island, around the city of Ponce. Considered a national musical genre throughout the 20th century, the plena may have originally reflected musical traditions brought to Puerto Rico by immigrants from other Caribbean islands. This example is from the city of Mayagüez.
Description (Spanish)
Este gran tambor de mano, que en Puerto Rico se denomina pandereta, es un instrumento esencial dentro del género musical conocido como plena. La plena surgió entre los trabajadores del campo a fines del siglo XIX en la costa sureña de la isla, alrededor de la ciudad de Ponce. A lo largo del siglo XX se lo consideró un género de música nacional, si bien originalmente pudo haber reflejado tradiciones musicales llevadas a Puerto Rico por inmigrantes de otras islas del Caribe. Este ejemplo proviene de la ciudad de Mayagüez.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
20th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Mayagüez-Aguadilla, Mayaguez
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
aluminum (overall material)
iron (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8.5 cm x 27 cm; 3 3/8 in x 10 5/8 in
ID Number
1997.0097.1083
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.1083
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
subject
Puerto Rico
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Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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