Musical Instrument (percussion)

Nepalese
20th century


Object Place: Nepal

Dimensions

Overall: 64 x 33.5 cm (25 3/16 x 13 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2645

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments

This hand drum, called a dhyangro, is used by Nepali shaman during curing ceremonies to drive away the evil spirits that are afflicting the sick person. Shamans, known as dhami-jhankris, hold the drum in one hand and strike the drum head with a beater. The dhyangro’s drum head is adjustable and can be tuned.

Provenance

Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart