Exhibitions/ Art Object

Rnga (Lag-Rnga)

Date:
18th century
Geography:
Tibet
Culture:
Tibetan
Medium:
Wood, paint, lacquer, hide
Dimensions:
H.: 140 cm (55 in.); D.: 22 cm (8-3/4 in.) ; Diam.: 62 cm (14-1/2 in.)
Classification:
Membranophone-double-headed / frame drum
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Herbert J. Harris, by exchange, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.365a,b
Not on view
This double-headed frame drum, played with a crooked beater and supported by a handle, is part of the temple orchestra that accompanies Buddhist ceremonies and processions, ritual dance and theater. During chant, the drum may simiply accompany or it may add contrast by joining with other instruments to provide an interlude that interrupts the chant's flow. The handle, carved with lotus and lozenge motifs, is usually held by the left hand but may be inserted into a stand during long ceremonies. A suspension ring located at the top of the drum provides the option of hanging the drum while it is stored. 18th century.
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