Barril de Bomba

Description
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.
Description (Spanish)
Esta es una versión en miniatura del barril de bomba, la clase de tambor que se utiliza para ejecutar la tradición musical afro-puertorriqueña conocida como bomba. Mientras que el término bomba se emplea como denominación genérica para cierto número de ritmos, su significado real proviene del encuentro y la relación creativa entre los bailarines, percusionistas y cantantes. La bomba es un evento de carácter comunitario aún vigente en los centros tradicionales de Loíza, Santurce, Mayagüez, Ponce y la ciudad de Nueva York.
Location
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)
Measurements
overall: 35.5 cm x 33.3 cm; 14 in x 13 1/8 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
1997.0097.1100
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.1100
subject
Puerto Rico
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Music & Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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