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Güiro Pick

Güiro Pick

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This güiro pick is in the shape of a cuatro, the national string instrument of Puerto Rico. Both the güiro and cuatro feature prominently in the instrumentation of traditional Puerto Rican genres like the seis and plena.
Description (Spanish)
Este puyero de güiro tiene la forma de un cuatro, el instrumento nacional de cuerdas de Puerto Rico. Tanto el güiro como el cuatro ocupan un lugar prominente en la instrumentación de los géneros tradicionales puertorriqueños, tales como el seis y la plena.
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Object Name
pick, puyero de güiro
Date made
20th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
shell (overall material)
overall: 25.1 cm x 8.8 cm x 2 cm; 9 7/8 in x 3 7/16 in x 13/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Puerto Rico
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Cultural and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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