Pair of drums (tabla and baya)

about 1980
Labeled Haribhau Vishwanath (Indian, active late 20th century)


Object Place: Mumbai, India

Dimensions

Tabla height 26.5 cm, diameter 17.5 cm (Height 10 7/16 in., diameter 6 7/8 in.) Baya height 26 cm, diameter 28 cm (Height 10 1/4 in., diameter 11 in.)

Accession Number

1990.209a-b

Medium or Technique

Nickel-plated brass, wood, goatskin

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Membranophones

Baya: Deep hemispherical shell of nickel-plated brass. Head of thick goat skin attached to plaited, four-ply hoop of leather. Upper hoop laced with strip of buffalo hide in V-pattern to lower hoop of leather at base of body. Tabla: Inverted conical shell of brown hardwood with shallow round stem at base. Head of thick goat skin attached to plaited, four-ply hoop of leather. Upper hoop laced with strip of buffalo hide in V-pattern to lower hoop of leather at base of body. Eight cylindrical tuning blocks beneath laces. Tuning hammer of steel. Two padded ring supports wrapped with blue patterned cloth.

Provenance

1990, gift of Ravi Nadkarni, Wrentham, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 1990)

Credit Line

Gift of Ravi Nadkarni