'Uli'Uli, Gourd, feathers, Native American (Hawaiian)

'Uli'Uli

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Hawai'i, United States
Culture:
Native American (Hawaiian)
Medium:
Gourd, feathers
Dimensions:
Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Diameter (Of gourd): 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Diameter (Circular top): 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Classification:
Idiophone-Shaken-rattle
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.751
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.