Maracas

Description
This pair of maracas is made from the dried, gourd-like fruit of the calabash or higüero tree. Their construction and the painted words "Puerto Rico" indicate that they were produced as souvenirs or emblems of national identity rather than as functional musical instruments.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
maracas, pair
Date made
20th century
Physical Description
gourd (overall material)
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 25.2 cm x 10.6 cm x 10.6 cm; 9 15/16 in x 4 3/16 in x 4 3/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
1997.0097.1084
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.1084
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
Maracas
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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