Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm) Diameter (Of gourd): 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) Diameter (Circular top): 11 in. (27.9 cm)
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
Captain James Cook's journal for February 1778, describes seed-filled gourd rattles such as this, shaken or struck against the body or palm to accompany hulas. These instruments are played today in pairs.
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.