About this object

A small skull drum made from two crania that are connected at the crowns. The crania are covered with dyed green skins, stretched to create the drum surface. The joint is covered with a silver collar decorated with engraved flowers, possibly lotus and set with small turquoise and large glass stones. Attached to the collar is a beater made from twisted cottons of reds, yellows, and black (a second beater is missing) and a strap of yellow silk and leather with a leather 'endless knot' in the centre.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains; Music/sound; Religion
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Bone Human; Skin Leather; Textile Silk; Glass; Silver; Brass; Yarn Cotton; Turquoise; Wax
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    R L Vance
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    88 mm x 120 mm x 126 mm; 3 7/16 in x 4 3/4 in x 4 15/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: This item has no individual inventory entry or history file. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( Owner); R L Vance ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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