Dholaka, late 19th century
Wood, skin, brass, cord; H. 15 in. (38.1 cm), Diam. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889 (89.4.165)
The dholaka (or dholak) is a barrel-shaped drum with two heads. It is played with the hand and a stick. This nineteenth-century example is rope-tensioned with brass rings that allow the player to adjust the tension on the heads.