Height: 16 1/8 in. (41 cm)
Diameter: 20 7/8 in. (53 cm)
Weight: 52.9 lb. (24 kg)
Membranophone-single-headed / kettle drum
Purchase, Robert Alonzo Lehman Bequest, Acquisitions Fund, and Frederick M. Lehman Bequest, 2010
Not on view
This pair of drums was created for the Royal Life Guards of George III. A lion, representing England, and a unicorn, representing Scotland, support the royal arms. Scottish kings adopted the unicorn as their emblem from the time of James III (r. 1451–88). His son and, later, his grandson, James V, owned suites of unicorn tapestries—six "great" and eight "little" ones representing the Hunt of the Unicorn.
The pairing of a lion and a unicorn, still used today on the British royal arms, dates to the Union of the Crowns in 1603, when James VI of Scotland assumed the English throne as well, as James I.
Marking: Stamped on each drum and each lug: Bunsen Other hallmarks including a crown and the letter E.
[ Solomon Fine Arts Limited ]
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, p. 13, pp. 100-101, ill.
Artist: Veit Langenbucher (1587–1631)Date: ca. 1625Medium: Ebony, gliding, brass, silver gilt, gilt brass, iron, various wood and metals, wire, parchment and leatherAccession: 2002.323 a-fOn view in:Not on view