Frame drum (banku-raban)

19th century

Object Place: Sri Lanka


Height 17.6 cm, diameter 50.5 cm (Height 6 15/16 in., diameter 19 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Jak wood, leather

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Cylindrical shell of jak wood (?) tapered toward bottom. Single skin head stretched over upper end, held in place by band of skin with small iron tacks through it. Eight additional large copper tacks through triangular tabs of skin, which alternate large and small.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection