Double-conical drum (kendhang ciblon)

A. L. Suwardi (Indonesian, born about 1948)

Object Place: Central Java, Indonesia

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Jackfruit wood, water buffalo skin

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments



Medium sized brown double headed barrel drum with crisscrossed leather laces and braided leather tensioners. Heads, laces, and tensioners are new replacements made of water buffalo hide, traditionally used for this purpose.


1840, slendro-tuned ensemble commissioned by Chinese patron, Central Java. After 1840, Priyo family, the Bupati (regent) of Blora, Central Java; about 1876, pelog-tuned ensemble commissioned and combined with 1840s ensemble, Central Java; by 1990, by descent through three generations of the Priyo family to Mr. and Mrs. Supriyo, Blora, Central Java, Indonesia; July 12, 1990, sold by Supriyo to Nyonya Nora, Surakarta, Indonesia; 1990, sold by Nyonya Nora to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 1990)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Bradford M. Endicott and Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Fraser in honor of Jan and Suzanne Fontein, and the Frank B. Bemis Fund