Barril de Bomba

This is a miniature version of the barril de bomba, the kind of drum used in performances of the Afro-Puerto Rican musical tradition known as bomba. While bomba can be used as the generic name for a number of rhythms, its real meaning is about the encounter and creative relationship between dancers, percussionists, and singers. Bomba is a community affair that still thrives in its traditional centers of Loíza, Santurce, Mayagüez, Ponce, and New York City.
Currently not on view
Object Name
bomba drum
Date made
early 20th century
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
fur (overall material)
wood (overall material)
twine (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 35.5 cm x 33.3 cm; 14 in x 13 1/8 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
Bomba Drum
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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