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Damaru

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Tibet
Culture:
Tibetan
Medium:
Wood, skin, cloth, shell
Dimensions:
Depth: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.); Diam. of heads: 22 cm (8 11/16 in.)
Classification:
Membranophone-double-headed / waisted drum
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.354a, 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. Scenes from the life of Milarepa (1052-1135), Tibet's greatest poet, yogi, and saint, decorate the sides of the drum.
"Notable Acquisitions 1980-1981: Musical Instruments." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1981), pg. 42, ill.



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