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Tombak

Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Iran (Persia)
Culture:
Iranian (Persian)
Medium:
Various woods, bone, brass, skin
Dimensions:
H.: 56.5 cm (22-1/4 in.); Diam. : 27 cm (10-5/8 in.)
Classification:
Membranophone
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1310
Not on view
Goblet shaped drums are distributed in areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, across North Africa and eastward to the Philippines. This Persian drum is elaborately decorated Khatam kari marquetry. Its surface is finely inlaid with bone, wood, and brass micro-mosaics forming stars, lozenges, and inscrilptions. The poetic calligraphy at the top reads: "When it sounds, it makes everyone in the world happy."
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Clark Collection
"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 27, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 70.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 70.



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