Frame drum (rammana?)


Object Place: Possibly Cambodia


Height 9.6 cm, diameter 35.7 cm (Height 3 3/4 in., diameter 14 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, rattan, animal skin

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments



Circular, sloping wood rim. Skin head wrapped around rattan (?) upper ring and laced with rattan to lower bamboo hoop. Twelve wood wedges between rim and lower hoop to adjust head tension. Rim, upper ring, and wood wedges painted dark red. Wedges strung together by strand of monofiliment. Short rawhide loop (for hanging?) around lower hoop. Rim roughly carved on inside.


In pencil in two positions on inside of rim and head are matching marks, possibly for alignment of head and rim.


By 1976, property of a museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; between 1976 and 1981, purchased by a friend for, and later sent, to Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge