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Hand drum
Place of Origin: Mongolia
Date: approx. 1800-1900
Materials: Leather, wood, gilded silver, and embroidered silk
Dimensions: H. 3 1/4 in x Diam. 3 1/2 in, H. 8.3 cm x Diam. 8.9 cm drum; L. 26 1/2 in x W. 6 1/2 in, L. 67.3 cm x W. 16.5 cm attachment
Credit Line: Gift of Margaret Polak
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Musical Instruments
Object Number: 1993.3
On Display: No

Description

Label: This type of hourglass-shaped drum is used by Buddhist practitioners during rituals, especially to punctuate prayers. It was introduced into Mongolia from India, where it is still used by ascetics. The player holds the cord closest to the drum and twists the wrist to move the drum back and forth. This sets the two strikers in motion, and in alternation they hit the drum, which gives forth a loud, hollow sound. In Mongolia and Tibet such drums are made from skulls, wood, and other materials. This example is made of hardwood over which is stretched leather dyed the traditional green. The brocade handle is ornamented with two silver thunderbolts and with two gilded silver .aming circular symbols, an S-shaped line (yinyang) running along the center of each. The two strikers are embroidered with green silk and are attached to the brocade strap with hand-twisted cords. Also attached to the drum are silk pendants and tassels embroidered with religious motifs.

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Exhibition History: Thematic exhibition "Shadows, Masks, and Music: Aspects of the Performing Arts in Asia" at AAM 4/23/05-1/22/06
Label: This type of hourglass-shaped drum is used by Buddhist practitioners during rituals, especially to punctuate prayers. It was introduced into Mongolia from India, where it is still used by ascetics. The player holds the cord closest to the drum and twists the wrist to move the drum back and forth. This sets the two strikers in motion, and in alternation they hit the drum, which gives forth a loud, hollow sound. In Mongolia and Tibet such drums are made from skulls, wood, and other materials. This example is made of hardwood over which is stretched leather dyed the traditional green. The brocade handle is ornamented with two silver thunderbolts and with two gilded silver .aming circular symbols, an S-shaped line (yinyang) running along the center of each. The two strikers are embroidered with green silk and are attached to the brocade strap with hand-twisted cords. Also attached to the drum are silk pendants and tassels embroidered with religious motifs.
Exhibition History: Thematic exhibition "Shadows, Masks, and Music: Aspects of the Performing Arts in Asia" at AAM 4/23/05-1/22/06