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Tombak

Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Syria
Culture:
Syrian
Medium:
Mother-of-pearl, various materials
Dimensions:
H. 16 in.
Classification:
Membranophone-single-headed / goblet drum
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1247
Not on view
Darabukka is the Arabic term for this single-headed goblet shaped drum that is found In North African, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South and Southeast Asia. It is known by many names such as dombek and zarb (Iran) and may be made of pottery or wood. The playing technique uses light and heavy strokes, rolls, and finger-snaps on different sections of the head to produce discrete sounds, articulation and rhythms. The drum may be held under the arm, hung from a strap and most often resting on the player's left thigh.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 4, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 79.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 79.



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