About this object

Skull drum made from two crania with vegetal binding and covering collar of red cloth. The collar holds a pair of twisted vegetal cords with strikers of red wax pellets. The crania are covered with stretched skin to create the drum surface.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Bone Human; Fibre Textile Cotton; Fibre Sisal; Wax
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    J S M Ward
  • Place collected
    Asia: South Eastern Asia: Burma; Asia: Southern Asia: India
  • Date collected
    1914 - 1916
  • Measurements
    181 mm x 140 mm x 155 mm; 7 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 6 1/8 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: This item is part of the Abbey Art Centre collection that came to the museum initially on loan in 1953. This collection came from a number of orIginal collections including those belonging to Eric Bailey, Col, Vance and Father J S M Ward, who opened the Abbey Folk Park, New Barnet. This particular item had been part of Father Ward's collection and it is likely that he acquired the remains in Burma when he travelled there in the 1910sThe abbey and its associated buildings were bought by William Ohly, a sculptor and the Director of The Berkeley Galleries in Mayfair, for the purpose of housing an art gallery and museum. Ohly had also purchased Father Ward’s Tibetan collections, which were displayed in the Abbey Art Centre Museum. These collections, which numbered in total about 227 objects, included part of the collection of Lt. Col. Bailey, who was on the Younghusband Expedition, and 50 objects collected by Colonel Vance, a doctor who later accompanied Bailey and his wife on their travels in the Himalayan regions. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre (Owner); John S M Ward (Collector)

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