Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Damaru

Date:
20th century
Geography:
Tibet
Culture:
Tibetan
Medium:
Shells sewn on wood, skin, cloth, shell, horn
Dimensions:
Depth: 9.8 cm (3-7/8 in.); Diam. at waist: 14.2 cm (5-9/16 in.); Diam. at head 21.8 cm (8-9/16in.)
Classification:
Membranophone-double-headed / waisted drum
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.340.7a,b
Not on view
Tibetan Budhist monks and shamans use this type of drum to interrupt phrases of recitation when it is necessary to summon certain deities. A pelting sound is produced when the drum is rotated back and forth in the right hand as the attached cloth beads strike the drum.
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