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Gourd Marimba Or Indian Xylophone

  • Gourd Marimba Or Indian Xylophone
  • Gourd Marimba Or Indian Xylophone
  • Gourd Marimba Or Indian Xylophone
  • Gourd Marimba Or Indian Xylophone
  • Gourd Marimba Or Indian Xylophone
  • Gourd Marimba Or Indian Xylophone
  • Gourd Marimba Or Indian Xylophone
Smithsonian Museum
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Specimen Count
1
Description
FROM CARD: "FORMING PART OF A BAND USED IN FESTIVALS ILLUS.: P.76, PL.63, CELEBRATIONS CATALOGUE, SMITHSONIAN PRESS, 1982. 15248 LOANED TO RENWICK 7/14/81. RETURNED 1983. MARIMBA (MARIMBA DE TECOMATE), MID-19TH CENTURY. TACTIC INDIANS; GUATEMALA. WOOD, GOURDS, TWINE, NATIVE FIBER, BEESWAX. 20 X 70 X 16 (50.8 X 177.8 X 40.6) NMNH 15248, GIFT OF HENRY HAGUE. AFRICAN SLAVES BROUGHT THE IDEA OF THE GOURD MARIMBA WITH THEM TO THE NEW WORLD. GUATEMALAN INDIANS NOW ASSOCIATE THE INSTRUMENT WITH THEIR OWN ETHNIC HERITAGE, ESPECIALLY IN THE PERFORMANCE OF TWO DANCES, THE DANCE OF THE DEAD AND THE DANCE OF INVITATION. IN THESE, MASKED DANCERS RE-CREATE ANCIENT TALES OF THE TRIBAL PAST. THE MARIMBA IS ALSO USED AT FESTIVE DANCES CALLED ZARABANDAS, HELD BY RELIGIOUS OFFICIALS OF THE COMMUNITY."
Record Last Modified
14 Nov 2016
Donor Name
Henry Hague
Accession Date
1875-Oct-31
Unknown
50.8cm
177.8cm
40.6cm
Object Type
Marimba