About this object

Wooden hand drum carved with two circular registers. The panels included characters from the Tibetan script which are part of the mani formula interspersed with this are vajras and skulls. The registers are enclosed with a band of concentric circles. The drum skins are made from snake skin membranes and the short handle is carved bone handle with tang and iron wires are showing, which suggest possible continuation of shaft in wood.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Paste glass; Iron; Wood; Animal Bone; Snake Skin; Rope
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    John S M Ward
  • Place collected
    Asia: South Eastern Asia: Myanmar (Burma); Asia: Southern Asia: India
  • Date collected
    1914 - 1916
  • Measurements
    180 mm x 110 mm x 85 mm; 7 1/16 in x 4 5/16 in x 3 3/8 in
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( owner); John S M Ward ( Collector)

Explore related


  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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