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.
Description (Spanish)
Este par de maracas está hecho del fruto seco, en forma de calabaza, del higüero. Su construcción, así como las palabras pintadas "Puerto Rico", indican que se confeccionaron como recuerdos o emblemas de identidad nacional, más que con el fin de ejecutarse como instrumentos musicales.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
20th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico
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
ID Number
1997.0097.1084
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.1084
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
subject
Puerto Rico
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
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Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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