Musical Instrument (percussion)

20th century

Object Place: Nepal


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

Accession Number


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Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments


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.


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