This large, hand-held drum, known in Puerto Rico as a pandereta, is an essential instrument in the musical genre known as plena. The plena was developed by agricultural workers at the end of the 19th century on the southern coast of the island, around the city of Ponce. Considered a national musical genre throughout the 20th century, the plena may have originally reflected musical traditions brought to Puerto Rico by immigrants from other Caribbean islands.

Date Made: 20th century

Description (Spanish): Este gran tambor de mano, conocido en Puerto Rico como pandereta, es un instrumento esencial dentro del género musical conocido como plena. La plena surgió entre los trabajadores del campo a fines del siglo XIX en la costa sureña de la isla, alrededor de la ciudad de Ponce. A lo largo del siglo XX se la consideró como género de música nacional, si bien originalmente puede haber reflejado tradiciones musicales llevadas a Puerto Rico por inmigrantes de otras islas del Caribe.Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Puerto Rico: Bayamón, Bayamón

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Ethnic, Music & Musical Instruments, Cultures & Communities, Vidal


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Credit Line: Gift of Teodoro Vidal

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0097.1095Accession Number: 1997.0097Catalog Number: 1997.0097.1095

Object Name: drum, pandereta

Physical Description: leather (overall material)wood (overall material)metal (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7.5 cm x 31 cm; 2 15/16 in x 12 3/16 in


Record Id: nmah_602466

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