About this object

A mid-sized skull drum made from two crania that are covered with leather that is painted green. The crania are secured at the middle with a collar of red felt and blue cotton. Hanging from the collar are two beaters made from twisted grasses with the ends covered in red cloth and there is also a long streamer made of yellow, blue, green, red and white chevron-shaped pieces of fabric that have been burnished, this is attached to the the collar by a rope of blue plaited cotton, with a circular disc of stone threaded onto it. The pediment of the streamer also has a small brass bell stitched to it.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains; Music/sound; Religion
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    1907 before
  • Materials
    Bone Human; Skin Leather; Textile Wool Felt; Brass; Pigment; Textile Cotton; Fibre Yarn Grass; Stone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: West Bengal: Darjeeling
  • Date collected
    1907 before
  • Measurements
    95 mm x 166 mm x 130 mm; 3 3/4 in x 6 9/16 in x 5 1/8 in
  • Note
    Documentation states this piece came from Darjeeling. However it is likely this item came from Tibet (Darjeeling was a major Himalayan trade station in the 19th / 20th century). Acquired from Norwich Castle in 1956 and orginally from a Col Heaviside, who was part of the India Survey and based in 31 stations across India between 1865-73.
Object view = Humanities
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