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.

Date Made: 20th century

Maker: Ramos, Ismael

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.Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Puerto Rico: Bayamón

Subject: Puerto Rico


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Credit Line: Gift of Teodoro Vidal

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0097.1098Accession Number: 1997.0097Catalog Number: 1997.0097.1098

Object Name: maracas, pair

Physical Description: wood (overall material)leather (overall material)nylon (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: 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


Record Id: nmah_602467

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