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Candrapirai

Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Tamil Nadu and Andhra, India
Culture:
Indian
Medium:
Skin, iron
Dimensions:
Diam. 19.7 cm (7-3/4 in.)
Classification:
Membranophone-single-headed / frame drum
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.214
Not on view
This crescent-shaped, stick-beaten frame drum is a symbol of the moon. It is worn on the player's forehead. It is used with the surya pirai, a round, "sun-shaped" frame drum of similar construction, in temples of the goddess Mariamman and other village deities.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Rev. J. M. Cranklin
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 57.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 57.



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