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Pu'Ili

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Hawaii, United States
Culture:
Native American (Hawaiian)
Medium:
Bamboo
Dimensions:
L.: 51.1 cm (20-1/8 in.); Diam.: 3.9 cm (1-9/16 in.); Handle L.: 19.3 cm (7-9/16 in.)
Classification:
Idiophone-Concussion
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.749
Not on view
The solid nodal end of the bamboo rattle serves as a handle. A single pu'ili gives a pleasant rustling tone when tapped against a dancer's palm, shoulder, or against the ground. Pairs of these idiophones are struck together.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Oceanica and America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1913, vol. II, pg. 49, ill.



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