Güiro Pick

This güiro pick is in the shape of a cuatro, the national string instrument of Puerto Rico. Both the güiro and cuatro feature prominently in the instrumentation of traditional Puerto Rican genres like the seis and plena.
Currently not on view
Date made
20th century
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
shell (overall material)
overall: 25.1 cm x 8.8 cm x 2 cm; 9 7/8 in x 3 7/16 in x 13/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Music & Musical Instruments
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
Puyero de Güiro
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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