This variety of maracas, made of cow leather and sinew, is used in musical genres like guaracha, son, and salsa. They are of different sizes, so that one is pitched higher and the other, lower. In contrast, the Afro-Puerto Rican musical tradition known as bomba uses a larger, single maraca in its performances.
Description (Spanish)
Esta variedad de maracas, confeccionadas con cuero y tendón de vaca, se utiliza en la interpretación de géneros como la guaracha, el son y la salsa. Tienen distintos tamaños, de modo que una produce sonidos más agudos y la otra más graves. En contraste, para la interpretación de la música de tradición afro-puertorriqueña conocida como bomba se utiliza una sola maraca más grande.
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Object Name
maracas, pair
Date made
20th century
Ramos, Ismael
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
leather (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 29.1 cm x 8.1 cm x 7.7 cm; 11 7/16 in x 3 3/16 in x 3 1/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Bayamón
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Puerto Rico
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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